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Official Organ of The 



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Vol. LXXXVII 



January 2. l96l 





Northern California District Conference 

Program in this issue 




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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications Rev. Spencer Gentle 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board .... Mrs. Marion M. Mellinger 

Sisterhood Kay Albright 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

News from the Brethren 3 

Memorials 3 

Daily Devotions — ^January 10-16 4 

Children's Devotions — January 10-16 5 

Northern California District Conference 

Program 7 

The Brethren Layman 8 

The Brethren Youth 10 

Publication Day Offering Materials 12 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 14 

"Israel's Endlessness" 

by Rev. Albert T. Ronk 15 

Sisterhood 16 

Woman's Missionary Society 17 

Missionary Board 18 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

THE BOWERS TO NIGERIA — 

AT THIS WRITING (December 23) plans ar 
that Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bowers and fam 
ily will be leaving from the Cleveland Airport oi 
Saturday, December 26, for Nigeria to assum 
their new work in the Waka mission field a 
teachers. 

By the time you read this, they will have ar 
rived at their destination and will be in prepara 
tion for the work which they will do. 

Be sure to remember these people in you 
prayers. 



THE CURTISES TO ARGENTINA — 

ALSO, AT THIS WRITING (December 23 
plans are that Rev. and Mrs. William Cur 
tis and Debbie will be leaving Cleveland o^ 
Wednesday, December 30, for South Americi 
where they will be working in our missionar; 
work there. 

We urge you to remember them in your prayer 
daily as they labor for our Master in thi 
country. 



THE ANNUAL — 

nPHE ANNUAL is off the press and now is be 
1 ing assembled for stitching. Therefore, i 
should be in the mail before too long. 

We appreciate your patience in this matter an( 
are very sorry for the delay. We sincerely hopi 
to have the Annual out to you much earlier nex 
year. 




"Interpreting the Newly Revised Standard 

of Excellence" by Rev. Jerry Flora 2( 

Spiritual Meditations 21 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 21 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches 25 

World Religious News in Review 2S 



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St. James, Md. Rev. Jim Rowsey 
reports that eleven were received 
into membership of the church by 
baptism recently. He also reports 
that the averages for morning 
worship, Sunday school and eve- 
ning service attendance continues 
to rise. 

!*few Paris, Ind. On Sunday, No- 
vember 29, nine members of th3 
Pastor's Class were graduated. In 
the evening, four were bapti.jed 
and received into the membe -ship 
of the church. Also, during the 
baptismal services, Rev, George 
Pontius of the Dutch town Bieth- 
ren Church baptized two from his 
congregation. 

Rev. Glen Traver is now pastor 
of the Firestone Brethren Church 
of Akron, Ohio. 

:.,ouisville, Ohio. On Sunday, De- 
cember 20, eleven persons were 
baptized and received into fellcA'- 
ship of the church according to 
Rev. George Solomon, pastor. 

Vew Lebanon, Ohio. Rev. Percy 
Miller, interim pastor, on Novem.- 
ber 8 received three persons into 
membership of the church follow- 
ing a baptismal service on the Sun- 
day evening before. 

Rev. and Mrs. Donald Rowsei 
will soon be moving to New Leb- 
anon to assume the dutes a.5 the 
parsonage family. 

Smithville, Ohio. Rev. Donald Row- 
ser reports that six persons were 
received into the membership of 
the church on Sunday morning, De- 
cember 13. 

Joshen, Ind. Dr. Joseph R. Shultz 
was the evangelist during special 
services recently. Five were re- 
ceived into the church by baptism 
and six were received by letter fol- 
lowing these services, according to 
Rev. Richard Allison, pastor. 

Mtillord, Ind. Rev. Frank Barker re- 
ports that Rev. Keith Bennett re- 
cently conducted a revival at the 
church with three first-time con- 






fessions having been made and 
thirty-five reconsecrations. 

Tucson, Ariz. Iris McKinney, Cor- 
responding Secretary, reports that 
three persons were recently bap- 
tized and received into the mem- 
bership of the church. The youth 
of the church sponsored an old- 
fashioned Thanksgiving dinner in 
the fellowship hall of the church 
on Saturday, November 21. 



Memorials 

WHISLER. Delilah Even Whisler, 
daughter of the late Columbus 
and Sarah (Streepy) Whisler, was 
born near Udell, Iowa, December 
19, 1880, and departed this life at 
the Albright Nursing home in Cen- 
terville, Iowa, November 19, 1964, 
at the age of 83. She was a faithful 
member of the Udell First Breth- 
ren Church fox 62 years. Funeral 
services were held in the Udell 
Brethren Church, December 1, with 
Rev. B. Hinegardner, a former pas- 
tor, officiating with the assistance 
of the undersigned. 

Rev. Amos Mast 

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HAMMON. Mrs. Laura Alice Stid- 
ley Hammon departed this life, No- 
vember 29, 1964, at the age of 84 
years. She was a member of the 
Bethlehem Brethren Church and 
loved its fellowship. Funeral ser- 
vices were conducted by her friend. 
Rev. Olen B. Landes of the Church 
of the Brethren, and her ipastor, 
the undersigned, in her church on 
December 2, 1964. She was a gra- 
cious lady. Interment was in the 
Mt. Jackson, Virginia cemetery be- 
side her husband. 

Rev. John F. Locke 

RODOERiS. William Russell Rod- 
gers, 73, went to be with his Lord, 
December 2. He had been a val- 
uable and faithful member of the 



Mt. Olive Brethren Church since 
his youth. He is survived by his 
wife, five daughters and two sons 
and by his four sisters and two 
brothers. Funeral services were 
conducted at the Mt. Olive Breth- 
ren Church, December 4, 1964, by 
his neighbor, Rev. Paul Shiflet of 
the Presbyterian church, and his 
pastor, the undersigned. Interment 
was made in the Mt. Olive Church 
cemetery. 

Rev. John F. Locke 



MILLER. Mrs. Lemma Miller, 82, 
passed away on September 19, 1964, 
at Waterloo, Iowa, where she lived 
with her daughter. She united With 
the Brethren Church, Carleton, Neb- 
raska, in 1907 and remained true to 
that faith. Funeral services were held 
in the Carleton Brethren ChurCh by 
the Rev. George Evans. Interment 
was made in the Carleton cemetery. 
Mrs. Miller is survived by one daugh- 
ter and two sons. 

Mrs. Lauren Lietsoh 

Secretary 



RICHMOND. Mrs. Harry B. Rich- 
mond of Ashland, Ohio, passed 
away very suddenly on December 
13, 1964. She was a resident of 
Nappanee, Indiana, but was serving 
as housemother at Allen Hall on 
the campus of Ashland College at 
the time of her death. She was a 
life-long member of the First 
Brethren Church of Nappanee, In- 
diana. 

Services were conducted by the 
undersigned and a former pastor, 
Rev. J. Milton Bowman, in Nap- 
panee. Interment was in South 
Union Cemetery. 

Memorial services were con- 
ducted in the Memorial Chapel, 
Ashland College, on December 15, 
with Rev. Virgil Meyer and Rev. 
Phil Lersch in charge. 

Rev. William H. Anderson 



SKINNER. Mrs. Mary Skinner, a 
life-long member of the First 
Brethren Church, Oakville, In- 
diana, passed away on December 
10, 1964, at the age of 88. She was 
a faithful and devoted member of 
the W.MJS. group I for many years 
and will be sadly missed by her 
family and many friends. 

Corresponding Secretary 

Donna Sollars 



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Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIME" 
Theme for January — "BY GIVING YOUR TALENTS TO HIM" 



Writer for January — Re\. W. St. Clair BenshoflF 
January 10-16 — "God Required According to Ability" 



Sunday, January 10, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 12:42-48 

For unto luhomsoever much is 
given, of him shall much be re- 
quired: and to lohom juen have 
committed much, of him they will 
ask the more (Luke 12:48b). 

'In verses forty-seven and forty- 
eight of Luke 12, Christ presents 
the "Law of Responsibility." He 
who knows the Lord's will and does 
it not, is due for more punishment 
than he. Who, not knowing the 
Lord's will, does not know what to 
do. American Christians are the 
recipients of the greatest knowl- 
edge of God's will. Therefore, our 
responsibility is greater. With 
greater wealth, greater education, 
greater means of transportation, 
etc., what are we doing in a great- 
er way to promote and spread the 
gospel? Pray that this day and 
every day, we might do what God 
requires, according to the ability 
and light He has given us. 
The Day's Thought 
Ignorance of God's will, when 
light is available, will not excuse 
us from accepting our responsibili- 
ties to Him and to His church. 

Monday, January 11, 1965 

Read Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30 
He also that had received tioo 
talents came and said. Lord, thou 
deliveredst unto me two talents: 
behold, I have gained tivo other 
talents beside them (Matt. 25:22). 
The five-talent and two-talent 
servants speedily began the work 
of using the talents given them. 
There is not a moment to be lost 
in using our talents for the Lord. 
Their work was crowned with suc- 
cess, for they doubled the sum 
given them. An increase in grace 
and service is always possible for 
the earnest Christian. These ser- 
vants were ready to give a joyful 
accounting of their service upon 
the return of their master. They 
expected his coming, and so they 



were ready to show him the fruits 
of their labors for him. They en- 
tered into the joy of their Lord. 
The Day's Thought 
"You have a talent (probably 
more) ; use it (them) for the Lord." 

Tuesday, January 12, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 14:1-9 

She hath done lohat she could: 
she is come aforehand to anoint 
my body to the burying (Mark 14: 
8). 

Ingredients for this incident in 
the life of Christ: One very ex- 
pensive box of ointment, one sac- 
rificing woman, indignant table- 
mates, and the Master. The wo-man 
poured the ointment on the feet 
of the Master. The table-mates saw 
only the finanoial loss, not the sac- 
rifice. The Master said she had 
done well. Consider a young man 
entering the ministry, or a young 
woman preparing for the mission 
field. "What a financial loss — ^tihey 
could have done so well if they 
would have entered into business 
or professional life here at home." 
The Master says they do well in 
answering His call in this way — 
in giving their lives to Him. Would 
that more young people would con- 
sider Christ's call as such. 
The Day's Thought 
"Only what's done for Christ will 
last." 

Wednesday, January 13, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Peter 4:6-11 

// any man speak, let him speak 
as the oracles of God; if any man 
minister, let him do it as of the 
ability which God giveth: that God 
in all things may be glorified 
through Jesus Christ, to whom be 
praise and dominion for ever and 
ever. Amen (I Peter 4:11). 

Paul says, "I can do all things 
through Christ which strengthen- 
eth me." Peter firms this up by 
saying that when we serve the 
Lord we are to do it according to 



the atoility (talents) He has givei 
us. Again we see the motive, th( 
purpose of our service to God- 
that God in all things might b( 
glorified in Christ. We can thu, 
serve the Lord only as we trust li 
Him for daily strength and guid' 
ance. Any other procedure will re- 
sult in failure. Our victory in thi, 
life is the result of our using wha' 
we have in His strength to Hi, 
glory. 

The Day's Thought 

"Trusting in the Lord Jesu, 
Christ for strength, I promise . . : 

Thursday, January 14, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 16:15-20 

And they went forth, am 
preached every where, the Lon 
working with them, and conflrmim 
the word with signs following 
Amen (Mark 16:20). 

The great spread of the gosipel, ir 
the early years of the Christiai 
church, was due largely to th( 
dedication of the disciples and oth- 
er followers of the Lord to th( 
Great Commission. First of all— 
they went. The great curse on th( 
church today is that we sing, "I'l 
go where you want me to go, dea: 
Lord," and then we go not. Wher 
tJhe early Christians went, thej 
went "everywhere" and preachec 
the gospel. No wonder the Lore 
was working with them — ^they wer( 
doing His will. Today, the Lore 
works with all who will seek to d( 
His will. Such an individual, sucl 
a church will grow and prosper anc 
produce fruit for Christ. Success ir 
church work is for any one or anj 
dhurch willing to pay the price. 

The Day's Thought 

Fulfill the time by working witl 
God to redeem souls for all eter- 
nity. 

Friday, January 15, 1965 

Read Scripture: IT Corinthians 6: 
1-10 

We then, as icorkers togethei 
with him, beseech you also thai 
ye receive not the grace of God iri 
vain (II Corinthians 6:1). 

The earnest message of tht 
Apostle in our scripture verse to- 
day is essentially the same as that 
which he expressed upon another 
occasion, ". . . lest in preaching 
unto others I myself become a cast- 
away." Yes, there is a danger that 
we, in our zeal to do the Lord's 
will, to minister unto others, and 



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;to use our talents faithfully for 
Him, will neglect the welfare of our 
own soul. No matter how important 
the work, nor how pressing the 
duties of service, the true child of 
God will take the time to nourish 
his own spiritual life. Attendance 
at the services of worship, daily de- 
votions, prayer and Bible study, are 
so essential that not to do these is 
literally to receive the grace of God 
in vain. 

The Day's Thought 

Each morning, meet God face to 
faJce before you meet the public. 



Saturday, January 16, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 3: 
9-17 

For loe are labourers together 
with God; ye are God's husbandry, 
ye are God's building (I Corin- 
thians 3:9). 

Literally, we are the farm or 
the vineyard in whic^h fruit is be- 
ing produced for the owner. Can- 
not our conception of Christian 
service be that of all of us working 
together to accomplish the great 
will of our owner, God? We are 
subject to pruning, that we might 
bear more fruit. We work and ex- 



pect all of our success from Him, 
and refer the fruit of our labors to 
His glory. We are individuals in 
His sight, and yet we are a part of 
the whole body of laborers for 
Him. Verse sixteen indicates that 
with God as the architect, we be- 
come the building in which He 
seeks to dwell. What peace and 
satisfaction comes in knowing that 
we are a fit temple for His resi- 
dence and a faithful worker in His 
field of service. 

The Day's Thought 
We labor together to promote the 
honor of our Master and Lord. 



CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 





;.,-.,^, :.,,- . .-; to St. Mark 

Memory Scripture for the month — Mark 12:30 

A7id thou Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and loith all thy soul and with all thy mind, 
and with all thy strength : this is the 'first command- 
ment. 

January 10-16 



SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 3:31-35 

Part Of The Family 

"What's that?" asked Gary. 

"It sounded a little like Betsy," answered Linda. 

"No, it wasn't Betsy," said Mom. "I just came from 
her room. She's still napping. It sounded to me like 
something outside." 

Gary went to the door and opened it. In bounced 
a ball of black fur. 

"A kitten!" exclaimed Gary. 

"He's cold and hungry," said Linda as she picked 
up the little animal. 

"Take him to the kitchen and give him some milk," 
Mom told her. 

While the kitten was happily drinking the milk 
Linda gave him, Queenie came up from the basement. 
She walked all around the little animal. Then she 
went close and sniffed him. 

"Oh, she'll hurt him," said Linda. "Dogs don't like 
cats." 

"Just be quiet and watch," suggested Daddy. 

By this time the kitten had finished the milk. 
Queenie picked him up the way she did her puppies. 
She carried him to the basement and put him in the 
basket with her babies. 



The family had followed her quietly. "Oh, she's 
adopted him," laughed Gary. "Now he's one of her 
family." 

"That's just the way we become part of God's fam- 
ily," said Daddy. "Jesus said whoever does God's will 
is His sister or brother. That person will then share 
His beautiful home in heaven just the way the kit- 
ten is now sharing the puppies' home." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, that I can be a part of Your fam- 
ily. Help me to show other people by the way I talk 
and act that I belong to You. Amen. 

MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 4:1-9 

Phuiting Seeds 

"What are you looking at. Dad?" asked Gary. 

"A seed catalog," answered Dad. 

"A seed catalog? In January?" exclaimed Gary. 

"Yes, I order the seeds early," replied Dad. "Some 
of them I can plant in low boxes in the basement and 
have little plants ready to set in the garden in the 
spring." 

"Seems funny to be thinking about the garden now 
when there's so much snow on the ground," said Gary. 

"I like to think about gardening," Dad said. "Jesus 
told many stories about planting. When I'm planning 
for my garden it reminds me of them. Of course, Jesus 
used these stories to show us how important it is to 
sow the Word of God. That is, to tell others about 
Him." 

Gary laughed. "That's a garden we can plant any 
time." 

"Yes," agreed Dad. "Every day those who love Jesus 
should read the Bible, pray, and tell others about Him." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the stories in the Bible which 
help me to know what I should do. Help me to re- 
member these stories, to obey them, and to tell others 
of You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 4:30-33 
Growing 

"Look at my sweet potato plant," said Linda. "It 
has really grown." 

"Yes," agreed Mom. "Get the yardstick and we will 
measure some of the vines." 



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Linda brought the yardstick from the hall closet. 
She and Mom measured the vines. 

"This one is twenty-four inches long," said Mom. 

"This one is twenty-eight," added Linda. "Oh, here's 
one that's almost as long as the yardstick. It is thirty- 
five inches. From that small part of a sweet potato 
I planted this big beautiful plant has grown!" 

Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is like a 
plant or a tree growing from a very small seed. It 
grows and grows as we tell Others about Him. Are you 
doing your part to help God's kingdom to grow? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know about You and Your 
kingdom. Help me to do my part in telling others 
about You. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 
The Waves 

Betsy was in the bathtub. She was playing with her 
toy boat. "See boat go!" she told Mommy and Linda. 

'^I'll make it go fast," said Linda. She put her hand 
in the water and moved it back and forth. This made 
the water ripple and the boat moved faster on top 
of the water. 

"Those are waves," laughed Linda. "I made waves." 

"Boat fall! Boat fall in water," exclaimed Betsy. 

"Yes," said Linda. "That wave was so big it upset 
the boat." 

"Jesus was in a boat," Mommy said as she began to 
wash Betsy. "A great storm came up. The wind and 
waves almost upset the boat. Jesus said, 'Be still,' and 
the starm stopped." 

"I know why," said Linda. "Jesus is God's Son. He 
can do anything." 

"Jesus. Jesus loves me," laughed Betsy as Mommy 
lifted her from the tub. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, that I know You love me. Thank 
You that I know You can do anything. Amen. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1963 

Read Scripture: Mark 5:22-24, 35-43 
Power To Heal 

"Oh, Mom," called Gary. "Queenie is hurt." 

Mom came to the kitchen where Gary had just 
let Queenie in the backdoor. 

"See, her back leg is cut," said the boy. 

Queenie curled up on the rug in the corner. She 
began to lick her sore leg with her tongue. 

"Do you think we should take her to the doctor?" 
asked Gary. 

"No," answered Mom. "She knows what to do. See, 
she is cleaning the sore now. Queenie knows what is 
best for her sore leg." 

When we are sick or hurt we send for the best help 
we can. In our Bible reading, Jairus wanted the best 
help for his sick daughter. He went to bring Jesus 
to her. He knew Jesus could make her well again. 



Jesus can make you well when you are sick or hurt. 
Do you ask Him to heal you? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, for healing -me when I am sick. 
May I always remember You have the power to make 
the sick well again. Amen. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 6:7-12 

Telling Others 

Linda and her friend, Judy Scot, were in the liv- 
ing room. Gary and Steve Moore came in the front 
door. 

'*Hi," said Gary. "You girls got back before we did. 
Where have you been?" 

"We went to see Jane and Evelyn and Marie," an- 
swered Judy. 

"Good!" said Steve. "We talked with Ricky and Paul 
and John." 

Mom looked up from her sewing. "What are you 
children doing now? Starting a club?" 

"No," laughed Linda. "We are trying to get more 
members for our Sunday school class. We've been out 
inviting so-me to come." 

"You are doing just what Jesus had His disciples 
do," said Mom. "He sent them out two by two to 
preach. That's the best way to tell others about Je- 
sus. I'm glad you children are doing it. I know you'll 
get many new members for your Sunday school class 
that way." 
Prayer: 

I'm glad, dear Jesus, I can tell others about You. 
Help me to keep inviting others to church until they 
come. Amen. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 6:32-46 

Wooden Blocks 

"Hurry! Hurry!" shouted Gary. "Come and see the 
wonderful trick!" 

Linda, Judy, and Steve crowded around the table. 

"Wha^t do you see on the table?" asked Gary. 

"Two small wooden blocks," answered Steve. 

"Watch! I'll double them. Next you'll see four there. 
Hokus pocus," said Gary as he moved his hand slowly 
over the tiny blocks. Soon, sure enough, there were 
four blocks on the table. 

"Oh," laughed Linda, "I saw those two fall from 
your shirt sleeve." 

We know when someone is doing a trick like Gary's 
that he has more of the same thing hidden some- 
where. 

One day Jesus used five loaves and two fish to feed 
a hungry crowd. There were twelve baskets of food 
left over. This was no trick. It was a miracle by the 
Son of God. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the many ways You showed us 
that Jesus is Your Son. Help me to follow Him every 
day. In His name I pray. Amen. 



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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BRETHREN CONFERENCE 

STOCKTON BRETHREN CHURCH. Stockfon. California 
JANUARY 13-17. 1965 

Theme: "Living the Life" 
Text: Romans 12:1, 2 



Wednesday Evening, January 13 

Opening of Conference 

Devotions and Welcome Wade Loveday, 

Stocl<ton 

Response of Delegates 

Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 

Substitution of Alternates 

Reading of Conference Board Minutes 

Election of Conference Board of Directors 

Election to District Mission Board 

Election to Berean Trustee Board 

Election to Scholarship Board 

Nomination for Ashland College Trustee 

Election of Ministerial Examining Board 

Election of Member to Annual Conference Execu- 
tive Committee 

Election of District Delegate to General Confer- 
ence 

Moderator's Address Rev. Robert 'Madoski 

Thursday Evening, January 14 

Song Service and Devotions ....Lathrop church 

General Brotherhood Reports 

Central Council Mr. John Porte 

Ashland College and Seminary . .Dr. J. R. Shultz 

Missionary Board Rev. M. V. Ingraham 

National Brethren Youth 

Miss Beverly Summy 
Sunday School Board .... Rev. Robert Madoski 

Message Dr. J. R. Shultz 

Friday Afternoon, January 15 

District W.M.S. 

District Ministerial Association 

Laymen's Presentation 

Supper 

Song Service and Devotions . .Manteca church 

Business Session 
Report of Credentials Committee 
Substitution of Alternates 
Progress Reports of Local Churches 
Tesibel Frey reporting for Lathrop 
reporting for Manteca 
Wade Loveday reporting for Stockton 
Report of Committee on Moderator's Address 

Message Mr. John Porte 

Fellowship Hour 

Saturday Morning, January 16 

Song Service and Devotions ....Stockton church 

Business Session 
Report of Credentials Committee 
Substitution of Alternates 
Reading of Conference Minutes 



11:30 
12;15 

2:00 
2:15 



Report of Conference Treasurer 

Report of District 'Mission Board 

Other Business 

Message Dr. J. R. Shultz 

Dinner 

Saturday Afternoon, January 16 
Song Service and Devotions ....Lathrop church 
Business Session 

Report of Credential Committee 

Substitution of Alternates 

Reading of Conference Minutes 

Statistician's Report 

Berean Trustee Report 

Report of Resolutions Committee 

Invitation for 1966 District Conference 

Unfinished Business 

Adjournment of Business Session 
Brethren Berean Band Business Session 

Linda Larsen, Pi-esident 
Supper (Youth Banquet with Miss Beverly Sum- 
my, Speaker) 

Saturday E^•ening, January 16 
Song Service and Devotions . . .Manteca church 

Message Rev. M. V. Ingraham 

Singspiration 

Sunday Morning, January I'J 
Sunday School in Local Churches 
Worship Services in Local Churches 
Dinner (Pot-luck at the Stockton church) 

Sunday Afternoon, January 17 
Berean Inspirational Hour 
Supper 
Brethren Youth Crusaders, Local Youth in Charge 

Sunday Evening, January 17 
Song Service and Devotions ....Stockton church 
Installation of New Conference Board of Directors 

Message Dr. J. R. Shultz 

Closing of Conference 



CONFERENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 



3:30 


5:30 


7:00 


7:15 


8:15 


9:45 


11:00 


12:30 


2:30 


5:30 


6:30 


7:30 


8:00 



Moderator 
Vice Moderator 
Secretary 
Treasurer 
Statistician 

Vera Say, 



Rev. Robert Madoski 

Lester Schmiedt 

Rev. H. William Fells 

Marshall Lehr 

Mrs. Gladys Habgood 

Julion Hallett, 



Walter Habgood, Rev. Alvin Grumbling 



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Views 

and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshoff 

THE UNKNOWN FUTURE 



... ye have not passed this way heretofore 

(Josh 3:4). 

NEW YEAR is a time of orientation. Most of 
us cannot forget the past, gUbly as we might 
say we will or should. We try to get our bearings. 
In review of the chapter just closed, we try to 
strengthen our position by the lessons the past 
year has taught us. We would be grossly stupid 
to ignore 1964. In "Fulfilling the Time" we are 
forced to reckon with the past, concentrate on 
the present and trust God for the future. 

New Year is a time of stock taking. Business 
must have it to balance out their profit and loss 
statement, for themselves and Uncle Sam. If we 
are ever going to face up to the question as to 
how we're getting on with the great business of 
living, in the light of all its opportunities and ob- 
ligations, this would seem to be a most appropriate 
and fitting time. 

Joshua had to remind the chosen of God . . . 
"ye have not passed this way heretofore . . ." In 
so doing he could have been pointing up the fact 
that surprises may lie ahead for each one of them, 
and for them as a whole band of God-Beloved 
people. What lies ahead of each one of us is in 
the hands of God and known only to Him. We 
can, however, make our plans Christ-centered 
and rest in the assurance that He does all things 
well. 

"Time has no divisions to mark its passage; 
there is never a thunder storm or blare of trum- 
pets to announce the beginings of a new month 
or year. Even when a new century begins, it is 
only we mortals who ring bells and fire ofi^ pistols." 

I talked just yesterday to a friend of mine who 
told me of having paid off what, to me, was a fabu- 
lous sum of money for a hi-fi, TV, radio combina- 
tion which he had built to specifications in Early 
American style because he had, just previously. 



bought a new room of furniture in all Early Amer- 
ican. Now if an individual has this kind of money 
and wants to spend it in this way there is precious 
little I can do about it, but it can set me to won- 
dering where the Early American philosophy of 
life has gone. Even though the last national elec- 
tion seems to spell doom to any remaining vestage 
of conservative thinking, we can still hope that 
some spirit of the Early American can curb the 
wild, reckless age of credit buying, mass demon- 
strations, race riots and devil-may-care attitude 
of many, both young and old, across our land to- 
day. We are not enamored of all that is new in 
the country; and we think that there were many 
comfortable and comforting old custom — such as 
opening the school day with a prayer — that could 
well be preserved. 

The moral structure of our society seems to be 
in a state of progressive decay. The weekly maga- 
zine, U. S. News and World Report, reports in its 
December 7 issue on this subject on page 12, under 
the caption, "News pressure to ease morals laws." 
If you need any persuasion on the first sentence 
of this paragraph, please follow through in the 
suggestion of the second. If churches, church af- 
filiated institutions, ministers and dedicated lay- 
men do not take their stand for right and right- 
eous living, and repel the temptation to compro- 
mise, we will have diluted to a dangerous degree, 
our mission. "Ye are the salt of the earth" was 
not spoken by our Lord just for the benefit of 
those few disciples on a hill above Palestine. 

Is there hope for a return to Early Amercian 
philosophy, to harmonize the household furnish- 
ings ? 

With the coming of the new year, we again have 
the opportunity to contribute to the Publication 
Day offering. It's needed; be generous. F. S. B. 



January 2, 1965 



Pii"e Nine 



The Parson's Corner 

Rev. Albert- T. Ronk 



Incentive for 
the Belter Life 

CONTINUING from the look within and the sharp 
criticism of ourselves in the last Parson's Corner, 
we have reached a conclusion that we all must do 
a better job of living the life of faith. We not only 
must, but we must want to deepen our faith and ex- 
tend our horizon. Then, what shall be our incentive? 

The good incentive for better living and service is 
manifold. The basic element of incentive, most cer- 
tainly, is the knowledge that God has loved us in spite 
of our unloveliness and extended the grace of a new 
life. How can I be so careless with that which repre- 
sents the greatest gift of God's love. His Son came 
and lived in earthly flesh to show me the concern of 
the Father. This incarnate Son willingly became the 
sacrificial lamb of Calvary for me. He mastered the 
tomb with the power of His resurrection for me. He 
did that, that I migiht have the assurance of victory 
over my grave and come forth when He calls, re- 
splendent and newly fashioned like unto His own 
glorious body. Then, it is not only out of a sense of 
gratitude that I desire to reach up, but out of an 
expanding joy of my relationship in the family of 
God. I'm a son of God, hallelujah, and a joint-heir 
with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17), as is His glory in 
all the saints (II Cor. 3:18). Yes, laymen, you and 
I, we are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Isn't that a 
magnet to draw us up to better living and better serv- 
ing. 

Furthermore, as an incentive for a concerted drive 
to deepen and expand the meaning of our church 
affiliation, there is the need. The very fact that my 
neighbor is dead — dead in trespasses and sin, calls 
me to action. When my neighbor has reached a criti- 
cal stage in his life-span and the doctor shakes his 
head, I drop every unnecessary thing to sit by his 
side as life fades away. When he has breathed his last 
and lies in his casket, I leave my job, and my busi- 
[ness, and my daily routine to don my best to walk 
by his bier and commiserate with the other neighbors 
over the fact that he was not a believer. Yet my neigh- 
bor is now sick — sin-sick; he is dead — spiritually dead. 
I have the words of life whereby he may be healed of 
his sin virus. I hold the golden key of promise that 
he can spiritually rise to walk in newness of life. But 
here I carelessly withhold the enlightening words and 
fondle the key of 'hope while he drifts toward an 
eternity of eternal loss. The need, do we see the need? 

There is more incentive. There is our hope. Yea, 
the hope— the hope that is so all inclusive of Chris- 
itian reality, yet so narrowed in our thinking and so 
little expanded in our theology. It is no wonder that 
Paul set it in the midst of his trial of the great, faith, 
hope, love. It ties them together, for there is no living 
faith unless it produces hope and no hope but that 
which is the gift of love. We dwell much on the blessed 
hope as the return of the Lord for His saints, but for- 



get, or fail to realize, that the Lord's coming is but 
a part of the culmination of "The hope that is in you." 
What is this hope in youl It is, "Christ in you, the 
hope of glory." We should pray with Paul, That the 
God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may 
give unto you (us) a spirit of loisdom and revelation 
in the knoioledge of Him: The eyes of your (our) 
understanding (heart) being enlightened; that ye 
(we) may knoio ivhat is the hope of His calling, what 
the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints 
(Eph. 1:17, 18). This hope is the fulness of all of the 
believer's life — the past, present and the future. It is 
in HIM, the Christ in the midst of the blessed Trin- 
ity, For in Him dioelleth all the fulness of the God- 
head bodily (Col. 2:9). 

Then in this hope, having "Christ in you the hope 
of glory," and looking all about us, seeing the many 
who have no hope, ought we not to extend ourselves 
in upreach toward a deeper commitment? 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 



Nappanee, Ind. 



THE LAYMEN of the First Brethren Church, Nap- 
panee, Indiana, met in the church basement on 
Monday night, October 12, 1964. Sam Sharp opened 
the meeting with prayer. Freed Miller read the min- 
utes and gave the treasurer's report. The following 
committee chairmen reported: Dave Bowers, goals 
chairman; Lee Doering, membership chairman; Devon 
Hossler, radio chairman. 

A report was given pertaining to our pledges and 
offering for the payment on the Girls' Dormitory at 
Shipshewana Brethren Retreat grounds. We found 
that we still needed $80 or $90 to meet this pledge for 
the completion of this payment from the local group. 
After some discussion, enough men volunteered to 
give $10 each to complete this goal. 

It was decided to change our November meeting 
from November 9 to November 2, and attend in a body 
the Evangelistic services after which we will have 
a short business meeting and refreshments. 

Dave Bowers gave a report on the Indiana Brethren 
Retreat that was held at Shipshewana Lake on Oc- 
tober 2nd and 3rd. 

The meeting was closed with prayer by John Maust 
after which refreshments were served by the pro- 
gram committee. 

Max Bigler 




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L.-,.. 



HI 

'B rethren 
Youth 
prusaders 



BIBLE QUIZ HELPS 

Here is another study for the Bible Quiz on the book 
of Acts. These could be duplicated for your students or 
you could use a blackboard for their presentation. 

Match the people on the left with the events on the 
right. 



Chapter 5 

1. Ananias 

2. Sapphira 

3. Angel of the Lord 

4. Gamaliel 

5. Theudas 

6. Judas of Galilee 



a. a would-be revolution- 
ary with 400 followers 

b. wife of Ananias whc 
was struck dead 

c. a Pharisee who cau- 
tioned against punish- 
ment of the apostles 

d. an insurrectionist whc 
was killed and his fol- 
lowers were scattered 

e. opened the prison 
doors 

f. lied and was struck 
dead 



Chapter 1. 






Chapter 6 








1. Jesus 


a 


received a treatise 


1. 


Grecians 




a 


six of the deacons in 


2. Theophilus 


b 


bought a field 


2. 


Philip, Prochohus, Ni- 




the first church 


3. The 11 disciples 


c. 


ascended into heaven 




canor Timon 


Parmen- 


b 


murmured against the 


4. Judas 


d 


one of two chosen who 




as, Nicolas 






Hebrews 


5. Matthias 




might replace Judas 


3. 


Stephen 




c. 


a deacon brought be- 


6. Barsatoas surnamed 




Iscariot 






' 




fore the council 


Justus 


e. 


went to the upper 
















room to abide 


Chapter 7 










f. 


one chosen to replace 


1. 


High priest 




a 


received a covenant oi 






Judas Iscariot 


2. 


Stephen 






God and became fa- 








3. 


Abraham, Isaac, Jacob 




thers of the Hebrews 


Chapter 2 






4. 


Joseph 




b 


asked Stephen, "Are 


1. Holy Spirit 


a. 


preached a sermon 


5. 


Moses 






these things so?" 


2. Peter 




bringing 3,000 con- 


6. 


Moloch and 


Remphan 


c. 


led the Hebrews out of 


3. Every man 




verts 


7. 


Saul 






Egypt 


4. All that believed 


b. 
c. 
d. 


heard the Galileans 

speak his tongue 

was given on Day of 

Pentecost 

were together and had 

all things common 








d. 

e. 

f. 


cared for the clothes 

of those who stoned 

Stephen 

figures made by the 

Hebrews 

sold into slavery and 

became a ruler in 


Chapter 3 














Egypt 


1. Peter and John 


a. 


was healed by an 








g- 


the first Christian 


2. Lame man 




apostle 










martyr 


3. People at the temple 


b. 


were filled with won- 
















der and amazement 


Chapter 8 










c. 


went to pray at the 


1. 


Saul 




a. 


queen of the Ethio- 






temple in the ninth 


2. 


Philip 






pians 






hour 


3. 
4. 


Simon the sorcerer 
Peter and John 


to. 


preached Christ to the 
Samaritans 


Chapter 4 






5. 


Candace 




c. 


had charge of Can- 


1. Priests, temple cap- 


a. 


sold his land and 


6. 


Ethiopian eunuch 




dace's treasure and 


tain and Sadducees 




brought the money to 










was reading Isaiah 


2. Annas 




the apostles 








d. 


tried to buy the gift 


3. Peter and John 


b. 


speak boldly — Peter to 










of the Spirit 


4. Joses surnamed Bar- 




Sanhedrin 








e. 


brought the Holy Spir- 


nabas 


c. 


the high priest 










it to the Samaritans 




d. 


seized Peter and John 
for speaking 








f. 


greatly persecuted the 
Christians 



January 2, 1965 



Paure Eleven 



Chapter 9 

1. Ananias 

Judas 

Saul 

Barnabas 
Aeneas 
Tatoitha 



7. Simon a tanner 



Chapter 10 

1. Cornelius 

2. Simon Peter 

3. Gentiles 



a. took Saul to the dis- 
ciples in Jerusalem 

b. touclied Saul's blind 
eyes and he was healed 

c. or Dorcas was raised 
from the dead by Pe- 
ter 

d. Saul stayed in his 
house at Damascus 

e. was blinded, converted 
and began to preach 
Christ 

f. sick with palsy, healed 
through Peter 

g. Peter stayed in his 
home at Joppa 



a. sees a vision of the 
great sheet showing 
how all sliould receive 
the gospel 

b. centurion of the Ital- 
ian band who believed 
and was baptized 

c. received the Holy Spir- 
it at tlie home of Cor- 
nelius 



Chapter 12 






1. Herod 


a. 


the king wIto killed 


2. James 




James and was him- 


3. Mary 




self struck dead 


4. Rhoda 


b. 


a damsel who did not 


5. Blastus 




let Peter in as he 


6. John surnamed Mark 




knock at the door 




c. 


the king's chamberlain 




d. 


brother of John — 
killed by sword 




e. 


went with Barnabas 
and Saul to Jerusalem 




f. 


mother of John (Mark 
whose house was used 
by the disciples 



Chapter 13 

1. Barnabas, Simeon or 
Niger, Lucius, Manaen 

2. John 

3. Bar-jesus 

4. Sergius Paulus 

5. Elymas 

6. Jews 



Chapter 11 










1. Men of circumcision 


a. 


brought Saul to Anti- 






2. Men of Cyprus and Cy- 




och 


Chapter 14 




rene 


b. 


contended with Peter 


1. A certain man of Lys- 


a 


3. Barnabas 




at Jerusalem 


tra 




4. Agabus 


c. 


a prophet who signified 


2. "Jupiter" 


b 






a great dearth 


3. "Mercurius" 


c 




d. 


preached Christ to the 
Grecians 


4. Paul at Lystra 


d 




a. a prudent deputy 

b. helped Barnabas and 
Saul minister at Sala- 
mis 

c. stirred up the people 
at Antioch of Pisidia 

d. a sorcerer who tried to 
turn Sergius away 
from the faith 

e. prophets and teachers 
at Antioch 

f. a Jewish false prophet 
whose other name is 
Bar-jesus 



Barnabas was called 
this at Lystra 
was stoned 

was crippled and was 
healed through Paul 
d. Paul was called this at 
Lystra because he was 
chief speaker 



ANSWERS TO MATCHING QUIZ: 

Chapter 1— Ic, 2a, 3e, 4b, 5f, 6d. Chapter 2— Ic, 2a, 
3b, 4d. Chapter 3— Ic, 2a, 3b. Chapter 4— Id, 2c, 3b, 
4a. Chapter S—lf, 2b, 3e, 4c, 5a, 6d. Chapter 6— 
lb, 2a, 3c. Chapter 7— lb, 2g, 3a, 4f, 5c, 6e, 7d. Chap- 
ter 8— If, 2b, 3d, 4e, 5a, 6c. Chapter 9— lb, 2d, 3e, 4a, 
5f, 6c, 7g. Chapter 10— lb, 2a, 3c. Chapter 11— lb, 
2d, 3a, 4c. Chapter 12— la, 2d, 3f, 4b, 5c, 6e. Chapter 
13— le, 2b, 3d, 4a, 5f, 6c. Chapter 14— Ic, 2a, 3d, 4b. 



fill the DERBY hat 
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^6,e ^%et^%e^ ^u&ii^^m^ (^otPtfraaefr 
as the Editor sees it 

by REV. SPENCER GENTLE 




Rev. Spencer Gentle 



Only 

46.2 per cent 

of 

BRETHREN FAMILIES 

are 

SUBSCRIBERS 



WHEN MANY PEOPLE THINK of the BRETH- 
REN PUBLISHING COMPANY they see onlj 
The Brethren Evangelist, nothing else, but the Companj 
is much more than this. To be sure, the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company exists for the primary purpose of pub- 
hshing the magazine which is the official printed organ 
of the Brethren Church, but the Company has other in- 
terests as well. 

Your Editor feels that a new era is about to be ushered 
in as far as the Brethren Publishing Company is con- 
cerned and if the members of the Brethren Church will 
support the efforts of the Company, there can and will 
be changes which will be beneficial to all of us. 

Let it be said that the Brethren Publishing Companj 
is here to serve the Brethren Church! 

With this in mind, then, let us discuss the four de- 
partments of the Company so that you will have a great- 
er understanding of the work which is to be done. The 
four departments are: The Brethren Evangelist; the 
Bookstore; the Print Shop; the Sunday School Materials 



The Brethren Evangelist — 

The Brethren Evangelist is a weekly magazine foi 
the Brethren Church. It contains twenty-four pages o\ 
devotional materials, auxiliary programs, articles, news 
and other materials of interest to the denomination. II 
is a two-color magazine and is one of the most attract- 
ive in its field today. We have no apologies to make foi 
the magazine! 

Your Editor has been working in recent weeks ir 
planning for you a better magazine. A series of articles 
on the beliefs of the Brethren Church will appear month- 
ly beginning in February. Such topics as "Feetwashing," 
"The Love Feast," "The Eucharist," "The Holy Kiss,' 
"Trine Immersion," and several others will be discussed 
by some of our leading writers in the Brethren Church 
today. These subjects have been assigned and are forth- 
coming. 

Also, we hope to have other series such as the one on 
"Sanctification" by Rev. Glen Traver; and the one bj 
Rev. Albert Ronk on "Prophecy" in the future. 

The CENTRAL COUNCIL voted to discontinue the 
"Daily Devotions" column beginning April 1. This was 
done since our families are not using them as was hoped, 
but are using other devotions; also, many families are 
using the "Children's Devotions" for their family wor- 
ship. 

The major problem is, of course, that we do not have 
enough subscribers. There are, according to the last 
General Conference Statistician's Report, 7922 Breth- 
ren families. There were 3,663 copies of the December 
12, 1964, issue mailed out, or 46.2% of the Brethren 
families receiving The Brethren Evangelist. (The 3,663 
figure includes exchanges and other subscribers who are 
not Brethren.) So you see immediately that the members 



January 2, 1965 



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of the Brethren Church are not supporting the maga- 
zine as they should! 

We urge you to subscribe to our magazine! 

We will continue to make improvements as the weeks 
go by. 

The Bookstore — 

We have in Ashland, a very fine bookstore. This book- 
store is managed by Mrs. Merrick Horner. Mrs. Eugene 
Zimmerman, bookkeeper for the Brethren Publishing 
Company, also does much in the work of the bookstore. 
Both ladies are members of the First Brethren Church 
in Ashland. 

The bookstore sells religious books. Bibles, gifts, Sun- 
day School materials, and other items which can be 
used by our Bretliren Sunday schools and churches. 

Many of our Brethren people do not realize that the 
bookstore offers to all Brethren pastors (ordained or 
licensed) and to our Seminary students a sizeable dis- 
count on all books and Bibles. This is done in order 
that our pastors might be able to build their personal 
libraries. 

We urge our Sunday schools and churches to order 
all such materials from our bookstore. Also, individuals 
will be supporting the Brethren Church if they will take 
the time to order from here. 

Whenever you are in Ashland, be sure to visit the 
bookstore ! 



The Print Shop — 



We are very happy to announce, as of this past week, 
Mr. Richard DeVeny has come into the company as Shop 
Superintendent to the print shop. Mr. DeVeny is first 
a Christian, and is a member of the Brethren Church. 
He was an active member of the First Brethren Church 
of Waterloo, Iowa. He has a deep-rooted feeling that 
he has been called of God to come here to supervise the 
work of the shop. Mr. DeVeny has been a printer all of 
his life, therefore it is felt that he is well qualified for 
this position. Let it be known that he is a Brethren 
and will do everything in his power to promote the 
work of the Brethren Church for the cause of Christ! 

All Brethren Sunday schools and churches should 
consider the Brethren Publishing Company when con- 
sidering their printing needs. Letterheads, envelopes, 
bulletin inserts, name cards, fliers, booklets, membership 
lists, history books, announcements, dedication booklets 
and programs, and most any other printing can be done 
efficiently and quickly here at the print shop. 

We trust that you will keep us in mind when thinking 
of your printing needs! 

Sunday School Materials — 

This department carries on two phases of work: the 
Imprint Materials and The Brethren Bible Class Quar- 
terly. 

All of our Sunday schools should feel the responsibility 
of using the materials of the Brethren Imprint Materials 
in their classes! They should be ordered from the book- 
store and not from any other company. When these 
materials are purchased from a local bookstore, the 
Brethren Publishing Company is not receiving the profit 
which could be of so much help to the overall program 
of the Brethren Church. 



Order your 

BOOKS — GIFTS 

from the 

BOOKSTORE 




Mr. Richard DeVeny 



Let us do your 
PRINTING 



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These Sunday school materials are the best on the 
market and every Brethren Sunday school should and 
must take advantage of that which has been provided 
by the National Sunday School Board and the Brethren 
Publishing Company. 

The Brethren Bible Class Quarterly is printed by our 
print shop and edited by the Editor of The Brethren 
Evangelist. The writers for this quarterly are: Rev. 
John Locke of iMaurertown, Virginia; Rev. Henry Bates 
of Vinco, Pennsylvania; and Rev. Jerry Flora of Wash- 
ington, D. C. These men spend many hours in this work 
for very little pay and their discussions are excellent. 
This quarterly is second to none. 

We are happy to say that most of our Sunday Schools 
use this quarterly for their adult classes. Other Sunday 
schools in other donominations are using the quarterly 
as well. We ask your continued support in this area. 

Publication Day Offering — 

The goal for this year's Publication Day Offering is 
$8,000. This amount goes to assist in the deficit that is 
incurred each year because of the loss on the printing 
of The Brethren Evangelist. If the time would come 
where the subscriptions took care of the cost of the print- 
ing of the magazine, this offering could be eliminated. 

This offering is needed this year in order to help us in 
our operating expenses, please support our Brethren 
Publishing Company. 



Use 
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Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



THE ROAD TO EN-DOR — SPIRITISM 

The road to En-dor is easy to tread 

For mother or yearning wife; 
There, it is sure, we shall meet our dead 

As they were even in life. 
Earth has not dreamed of the blessing in store 
For desolate hearts on the road to En-dor. 

Whispers shall comfort us out of the dark — 

Hands — ah, God! — that we knew! 
Visions and voices — look and hark! — 

Shall prove that the tale is true. 
And that those who have passed to the further shore 
May be hailed — at a price — on the road to En-dor. 

O the road to En-dor is the oldest road 

And the craziest road of all! 
Straight it runs to the witch's abode, 

As it did in the days of Saul; 
And nothing has changed of the sorrow in store 
For such as go down the road to En-dor! 

Rudyard Kjipling 

CAN PEOPLE TALK with the spirits of the dead? 
King Saul did (I Sam. 28;11, 12). The ill-fated 



Saul (VS. 5, 6) actually conversed with spirit of the 
deceased prophet, Samuel (vs. 14, 15) . It was Saul's 
disobedience to God that had sealed his doom (I 
Sam. 15:23-28). When the terrified Saul on the day 
before his death enquired of the Lord there was no 
answer, and so he made search for a medium (v. 7). 
By night the disguised Saul sought the help of a 
discovered spiritist (vs. 8-10) . Those who delve in de- 
monic activity prefer the night time for seances (John 
3:20, 21). The witch confessed that she saw demons 
(v. 13). Before the sorceress could lapse into a trance 
to be used by her divining demon who would im- 
personate Samuel, behold the real spirit of Samuel 
appeared (v. 14) ! 

The Scripture reminds us that Saul died for asking 
counsel of the ghostly manipulator (I Chron. 10:13). 
God, through Samuel, bespoke His disapproval of 
patronizing those who have familiar spirits (I Sam. 
28:15, 16). And we are warned against great demon 
activity in the last days (I Tim. 4:1, 2) . Saul well knew 
that God disapproved of witchcraft (I Sam. 28:3). In 
compliance with Exodus 22:18 Saul had previously 
"put away those that had familiar spirits." God had 
clearly forbidden the practice of Spiritism (Lev. 20: 
6, 27). His people were forbidden to seek the help of 
wizards (Isa. 8:19, 20). To use God's calling up Samuel 
and the appearance of Moses and Elias in the Trans- 
figuration as a divine sanction for spiritism is incon- 
sistent with Scripture (Deut. 18:10-12). To "try the 
spirits" (I John 4:1) as evidence of apostolic sanction 
to hold intercourse with the dead is to twist the Scrip- 
tures (Job 7:9). The spirits of the dead are power- 
less to communicate with their survivors (Luke 16: 
27-31). Job and David state that there is no return 
from the other world (Job 10:21; n Sam. 12:23). 



January 2, 1965 



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Since we are warned against the "doctrine of de- 
mons" we should know that demons are inferior 
spiritual beings, angels who "kept not their first es- 
tate" (Matt. 26:11; Rev. 12:7, 9). We should know 
that spiritists are demon possessed (Acts 16:16), and 
that the fallen angels are ministers of the Devil 
(Luke 4:35; 9:1, 42; etc.), and that Satan is the prince 
of the devils (Matt. 9:34; 12:24). We should know that 
Christ "cast out the spirits" (Matt. 8:16), that He 
"had cast out seven devils" out of Mary Magdalene 
(Mark 16:9). Christ rejected the testimony of de- 
mons concerning Himself (Mark 3:11, 12), and Paul 
likewise rejected demonic testimony in behalf of his 
ministry (Acts 16:17, 18). 



Israel's 
Endlessness 



Prayer Suggestions 

by our MODERATOR 

REV. CHARLES R. MUNSON 

Pray for Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bowers 
and family as they begin their work 
in Nigeria. 

Rennennber Rev. and Mrs. William 
Curtis and Debbie as they labor in 
South America. 

Pray for the Brethren Publishing 
Company in their efforts to serve the 
Brethren Church. 



Rev. Albert- T. Ronk 



XI 



THE SURVIVAL of the Jew as Israel is a miracle 
of first importance. Why should one particular 
Semitic branch survive as a peculiar people for thou- 
sands of years while others have blended or amalga- 
mated with other bloods of the world? The Hittites, 
of the same locale as Israel, have vanished almost 
without a trace, while the "Canaanite, the Amorite, 
the Perizzite and the Jebusite" are but names in bib- 
lical record. The answer is in God's prophetic word. 
Israel is as endless as forever. The word of Jehovah 
declared it, "And I will establish my covenant between 
me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their 
generations, for an EVERLASTING covenant . . ." 
We know not if the words "throughout their genera- 
tions" limits EVERLASTING to the dwelling of men 
on this earth, but this we do know, the Prince of the 
house of David "will build again the tabernacle of 
David, which is fallen . . . and set it up" (Acts 15: 
14-16) , "And when the Son of man shall sit on the 
throne of his glory, ye (the Apostles) also shall sit 
upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve TRIBES OF 
ISRAEL." The Kingdom of heaven in its millennial 
glory will be the re-established Kingdom of David, 
and Israel will be there until the end of it. After the 
end of the thousand years of righteous reign, what of 
Israel? They will be there, for "When the thousand 
years are finished, Satan will be loosed out of his 
prison, and shall come forth to deceive the nations 
which are in the four corners of the earth . . . the 
number of whom is as the sands of the sea. And they 
went up over the breadth of the earth, and COM- 
PASSED THE CAMP OF THE SAINTS ABOUT and 
the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, 
and devoured them." The camp of what saints? Not 
the saints of the Church. They will have become 
the bride of Christ and will reign with Him. Here is 



the camp or headquarters of Israel at Jerusalem the 
beloved city. Israel will be there after the Satan- 
deceived nations are destroyed. Israel will be safe, 
for "A redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them 
that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith Jehovah. 
And as for me this is my covenant with them, saith 
Jehovah: My spirit that is upon thee, and my words 
which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out 
of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor 
out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith Jehovah, 
from henceforth and forever" dsa. 59:20-21). No 
more back-sliding for Israel. And what of them be- 
yond the great white throne, and the judgments? 
John of the Revelation said, "I saw a new heaven and 
a new earth . . . And I heard a great voice OUT OF 
THE THRONE saying, 'Behold the tabernacle of God 
is with men, and he shall dwell with them.' " Will Is- 
rael, redeemed and perfected, still abide in this earth? 
Or will she enter some other phase of the economy 
of God and His eternal counsels? We leave it with 
Him — it is in vain to speculate. 

Again we echo the question, "why?" Because God 
must select and prepare a special people to whom and 
through whom He could become Incarnate in the per- 
son of His Son Jesus, the Christ. Jesus bore from His 
mother the blood of the chosen. As an Israelite of the 
Royal blood. He must yet come to reign over Israel 
as He is Israel's uncrowned Prince. Israel must sur- 
vive the ravages of time and it may be the plan of 
God to recognize her in a special way in the Eterni- 
ties. Yes, Israel is as endless as forever. 

What has Israel's endlessness in prophecy to do with 
the Church? If Israel had not failed her destiny with 
the Christ at His first coming there would have been 
no need for the Church. God knew that Israel would 
fail in the test, therefore. He planned the Church be- 
fore the foundations of the world were laid. 




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The SMM Mailbag . . . 



'Backwards 
Parly" 



"What are you wearing Monday 
night to Sisterhood?" 

"It's a secret! What are you go- 
ing to wear?" 

Some Junior Sisterhood girls in 
Sarasota, Florida, were discussing 
the coming Jr. SMM "Backwards 
Party"! 

The exciting evening finally ar- 
rived and the fun began! Clothes 
were worn backward and some 
dresses even inside out. Some wore 
shoes on the wrong feet. Even pony 
tails hanging down the front of the 
face, ribbons at the back of the 
hair, and a headscarf over the face 
instead of the hair were to be seen! 

The meeting began with refresh- 



ments followed by the Sisterhood 
benediction. The order continued 
in backward fashion finally closing 
with the President calling the 
meeting to order. When we sang 
"Spirit of Sisterhood," we sang the 
chorus followed by the verse. Girls 
entered the room walking back- 
wards, and when "roll call" was 
given we answered "absent" instead 
of "present." 

Needless to say, the entire eve- 
ning was full of fun, and a "Back- 
ward Sisterhood Party" will prob- 
ably become an annual event for 
the Sarasota Junior Sisterhood 
girls. 

Mrs J. D. Hamel, Patroness 



Dear Sisterhood Girls: 

The officers of the Nappanee 
Senior Sisterhood group this year 
are as follows: President — Diana 
Arnott; Vice President — Judy 
Browne; Secretary — Linda Holder- 
man; Treasurer — ^Cynthia Best. 

We went to the Brethren's Home 
at Flora on October 11 and put on 
a program for the residents. The 



junior society helped us with this 
program. 

Our Public Service was held on 
November 15 with Mrs. J. Milton 
Bowman as sipeaker. 

We have our meetings from 4:30 
to 6:30 with supper served by the 
hostess. We plan to try some of 
our meetings this year on Sunday 
afternoons. 

Linda Holderman, Secretary 



Kappanee, 
Indiana 



TEMPE. ARIZONA 



ON OCTOBER 25 of this year, the Sisterhood So- Hymn: "Savior, Like a Shepherd" 

cieties of the Papago Park Brethren Church con- Scripture: Proverbs 31:10-31 Katie Price 

ducted a Covenant Candlelight Service. Following is Evening Prayer Shirley Wissinger 

the order of service: Vocal Solo: "Bless This House" Diana Stiffler 

Organ Prelude Candy Dickson Welcome Betty Price 

Invocation Paulette Price Installation of Officers Carol Berkshire 

SISTERHOOD OFFICEKS 

Senior Office Junior 

Candy Dickson president Joan Stiffler 

Paulette Price vice president Nancy Comer 

Katie Price secretary Georgia Ford 

Diana Stiffler treasurer Lana Rhodes 

Nancy Price reporter 

Betty Price patroness Helen Dickson 

Carol Berkshire assistant patroness Shirley Wissinger 

Message in Song: "The Light of the World is Jesus" The Aim of the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha: 

The Junior S. M. M. To develop every girl so that she is a living testimony 

Devotional Moments Helen Dickson for her Master; to give the girls of dimly lighted re- 



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gions an opportunity to know Jesus Christ as their 
personal Savior. 

CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY 
Torehbearers: 

Joan Stiffler 
Nancy Comer 
Georgia Ford 
Lana Rhodes 

Charge to Sisterhood Girls: Betty Price 

Hyain: "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" 

All S. M. M. giris 
Sisterhood Covenant (repeat in unison): 

Grateful that I l:now the Christ and trusting in His 



help, I will endeavor to be a living testimony unto 
Him; to serve others; to do unto others as I would 
have others do unto me. I will be mindful that vast 
millions of girls and women have not heard the tidings 
of great joy and for these I will not cease to make 
oflFerings of prayer, time and money that they may 
know the love of Jesus. In loving remembrance of 
my Master I gladly enter this covenant. 

Closing Hymn: "Spirit of Sisterhood" 
All S. M. iM. girls 

Prayer of Consecration: Betty Price 

Postlude 




t Otltfto<vfc/ 



Your National President Speaks . . . 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU IN THE NEW YEAR 



MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 

npniS FIRST ISSUE of January should carry greet- 
1 ings for the New Year. I have thought and sought 
for a suitable wish for you in the new year which lives 
shortly ahead. What it will hold for all humanity 
only G-od knows. As 1964 becomes another page in 
human history and we cross the threshold of 1965, 
what may we expect? 

During the Thanksgiving season, I listened one day 
to a program as a group of people were interviewed 
as to why they were thankful. iVIost all were thankful 
for food, family and health. Not one gave evidence in 
their testimonies that they were Christians. It seemed 
all were thankful to be alive. This made me think 
of what Christ told Nicodemus, 'Ye must be born 
again." I wondered about their spiritual lives. I 
thought that surely one would be thankful for faith 
in God "which comes by hearing, and hearing by the 
word of God." 

As we approach the new year, many are concerned 
with only health, wealth and happiness. I could wish 
you a happy new year. Yet we know that happiness 
depends on circumstances about us. I could wish you 
prosperity, honor or fame. All these are pleasant, but 
they stand connected with time and things temporal, 
and soon vanish. What shall be our resolutions for 
this new year? As a poet has stated: 

"A new year has dawned, and what shall it be, 
'A year lived for God, or a year lived for me?" 

My prayer for you in the new year is that it will 
be a time of rededicating your life to Him, to be busy 
about His work. "Fulfilling the time" by putting His 
work first. In this new year which lies ahead, there 
are 12 months which divide into 365 days, which con- 



tain 8,724 hours, which are made up of 525,600 min- 
utes, or 31,536,000 seconds of precious opportunities — 
opportunities which can be lived but once. Each of 
us must give an accounting to the God of Time and 
Eternity for the way in which we use tjhem. 

My prayer for you in the new year is that each 
W.M.S. member will take definite steps to safeguard 
the home. In this new year, we are going to have to 
depend more and more upon the HOME to be a 
Christian training center. We must make it possible 
to spend more time together as families. The following 
card of thanks appeared in a Kansas paper: "I wish 
to thank the city authorities for quarantining my fam- 
ily and me for three weeks recently because one of 
them had the small pox. During that time my wife 
caught up with her sewing; we had three square meals 
a day, as no one came in and she was not permitted 
to leave, and we enjoyed three weeks of good night's 
sleep." I think many families are really hungry to 
spend time together. We must say "no" to outside 
pressures and spend precious hours together. "It is 
better for a woman to do simple home duties lovingly, 
better for her to be sympathetic in trouble and to 
whisper a comforting message into but one grieving 
heart, than to be president of a club and lecture to 
a thousand women." 

I also pray that as you stand at the threshold of 
another year and as you serve Him, you may know 
"joy unspeakable and full of glory" which His pres- 
ence brings. Regardless of the circumstances you face 
in the new year, you can truly sing, "I have the joy, 
joy, joy, joy deep in my heart." A joyful heart is a 
reward for serving Him. 



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FABRTIME at 
KULP BIBLE SCHOOL 

by GERALD NEHER 



ONE of the finest works of handicraft that comes 
from the women in northeastern Nigeria is the 
marking of their gourds to form intricate designs. 
Gourds are used for spoons, dishes, and utensils of 
various sorts. Large gourds, which will hold up to five 
gallons of water, are used to transport water from 
wells and streams to the compounds in northeastern 
Nigeria. The Fulani people, who are the cattle owners, 
regularly churn butter by a rotation of the gourd. 
Beautiful designs burned in the gourds easily identify 
the tribal affiliation of the owner of the gourd. 
Gourds of many designs were displayed at the fourth 
annual Agricultural Fair at the Kulp Bible School this 
year. 

The designing of gourds and the making of a veg- 
etable oil called sheanut oil, are strictly a woman's 
tasks, and the men would profess to know nothing 
about it. The division of labor according to sex is 
very prominent in Africa. The men also had exhibits 
to display which included ax and hoe handles and 
large grass mats that are used for sleeping and for 
surrounding the compounds. Traditionally, the mak- 
ing of thread, the weaving of cloth, and the sewing of 
garments were done by men. Soon after our arrival 
in Nigeria, our cook saw my wife sewing and proceeded 
to ask what man taught her how to sew. However, 
women are now learning to sew, and classes are open 
to both women and men in the areas of sewing and 
knitting. 

The students of Kulp Bible School always look for- 
ward to the fair for several reasons. One of the main 
reasons is that they like to display their farms to 
those who come from a distance and who have not 
seen farms of this quality in their home areas. Each 
student has two acres from which he gets as much 
produce as many farmers get from ten acres. The 
only difference is that the students have accepted a 
few innovations, such as planting on ridges, the use 
of seed dressing, closer spacing of crops, early culti- 
vation, and cross ties between the rows to keep the 
early and late rains from running off the farms. They 



also use improved seeds and fertilizer which are avail- 
able to any farmer in Nigeria and which are subsidized 
by the government of Nigeria. 

On their farms the students raise peanuts, cotton, 
and guinea corn. Peanuts are the primary cash crop 
in Northern Nigeria and in 1963 peanuts and peanut 
oil comprised the leading exports of Nigeria and 
brought in over twenty-three per cent of the export 
dollars. Over one-half million tons of peanuts were 
exported along with sixty-nine thousand tons of 
peanut oil. Every family in the area has a peanut farm 
to raise money for taxes and to buy new clothes. Each 
year the students of Kulp Bible School raise about 
twenty tons of shelled peanuts. 

Cotton, as a commercial crop, is new to the area 
where the Kulp Bible School is located. Three years 
ago when the students first planted cotton, many 
people felt that it would not do well in the area. To- 
day, after three successful crops, much of the cotton 
is shoulder high, and new cotton is produced for the 
new textile mills of Nigeria. 

Guinea corn, which is a grain sorghum, is the staple 




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January 2, 1965 



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food of the area and is the most important crop from 
the Nigerian point of view. 

Gauta and yalo are names of vegetables, not known 
to the English-speaking world, on display at the fair. 

The women also have small gardens in which they 
raise greens and okra for the family. Okra has been 
cultivated in this area of Africa for many years and 
is one of the vegetajble crops which Africa has given 
to the rest of the world. 

The students garden and farm under the super- 
vision of Satumari Kudla, who teaches the agricultural 
courses at the Kulp Bible School. 

Many of the former students of the school returned 
on fair day to help judge the farms and the agri- 
cultural produce. 

A bicycle race was one of the featured events of the 
afternoon at the fair. The race was unusual in that 
the last one rather than the first to finish the pre- 
scribed course of forty feet was the winner. Balance, 
and not speed, was required of the winner. 

A baby show and the judging of hair styles were 
ather events of the afternoon. Also, a snake charmer 
was an added attraction. 

Demonstrations depicting proper methods of cul- 
tivation, the use of fertilier and insecticides, and the 
decortication of peanuts were furnished by the min- 
,istry of agriculture. 

The agricultural program with its annual agri- 

ultural fair is just one phase of the work at Kulp 

Bible School. The purpose of the school is to train 

young Christian laymen to be leaders in their home 



communities. Upon completion of their course, they 
will return to their home villages where they will fur- 
nish leadership in their home churches and will sup- 
port themselves in varying degree by their farming 
efforts. Also, while they are in school they are pri- 
marily supported by their own farming efforts. 

This is important to a young church which is grow- 
ing very rapidly and needs to use its financial resources 
for outreach. Kulp Bible School has been a pioneer 
in the development of a program of leadership train- 
ing combining Bible Study and agriculture. The prom- 
ise of a more abundant life for those who follow Him 
is becoming a reality in Nigeria. 




Women decorating gourds 



HALF GONE or 

HALF DONE — 

in Fulfilling the Time? 

Gfo to now, ye that say. To day or tomorrow we will 
JO into such a city, and continue there a year, and 
buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye knoio not what 
shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is 
2ven a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and 
then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say. If the 
Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that, But now 
\)e rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 

James 4:13-16 

pF WE AGREE that our life is for "a little while," 
"■ how much more diligently we should go about His 
vork. With the closing of 1964, have we each ac- 
j;omplished half of our personal commitments to mis- 
lions in our fulfallment of time? 

The voice of the unsaved and the suffering is the 
foice of Christ. When we follow this voice, life takes 
m a new dimension and the world is seen from a dif- 
ferent perspective. Start your New Year, 1965, with 
,hat inward assurance and outward conviction that 
/ou will rally all your resources and talents in con- 
tinued support of the mission program so that your 
ife might be in the right perspective. 

PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE A VISION OF 
IMPORTANCE OF EVANGELISM 



Many people shake their heads when one begins to 
talk about trust and supply only for the day. "Aren't 
we supposed to plan for the future?" they ask . . . 
But what is the best way to prepare for the future? 
The best way is to learn how to live life fully in the 
present moment. 

Norman K. Elliott in HOW TO BE THE 
LORD'S PRAYER (Fleming H. Revell 
Company) 




'^'^m 



WILL 



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INTERPRETING THE NEWLY REVISED 
STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE 

Rev. Jerry Flora 
Part Y 



TN THIS next-to-the-last section of the Standard, we 
come to the subjects of buildings, equipment, and 
supplies. The newly revised Standard deals with five 
areas of emphasis. 

1. Each class below adults shall be separated from 
the remainder of the school, at least for the class ses- 
sion, by walls, movable partitions, screens, or curtains. 
(3 points). Gone are the days of one-room schoolhouses 
where learning took place in spite of the surroundings, 
not because of them. The ideal, of course, is for each 
individual class in the church's school to have its own 
room for the teaching period, but, lacking this, separate 
classrooms should be provided for the children and 
young people. Where individual rooms are not available, 
ingenuity can find numerous ways to divide rooms. Cur- 
tains of monkscloth, hung from ceiling to floor, have been 
used for many years. Portable partitions can be con- 
structed and can toe made with chalkboard or bulletin 
board sides. An upright piano can become a partition 
when pulled out from a wall. A tightly-stretched piece 
of monkscloth or similar material on the back will pro- 
vide a place for pinning pictures and other teaching 
materials. 

2. All classes shall be provided with necessary equip- 
ment (chairs and tables of proper height, blackboards, 
maps, visual aids, etc.) (3 points). It is important in 
the younger age groups that tables and chairs be of 
correct size for the pupils. It is usually suggested that 
tables be 10 inches higher than chair seats, and that 
chairs for the nursery department be 8-10 inches high, 
10-12 inches for kindergarten children, and 15 inches for 
primaries. The chalkboard (whether black or green) is 
the simplest of all visual aids. 'Maps should not be used 
until the junior age, but from there on, they should be 
employed with all ages. Be sure that your classroom 
maps are easily legible and up-to-date (for information 
and prices, contact the Brethren Publishing Company). 

3. Materials: 

a. Adult classes studying the International Uniform 
Lesson Series use the Brethren Bible Class Quarterly 
in all classes (1 point). 

b. All children and youth departments use Brethren 
imprint Sunday school materials (1 point). 

For any Brethren church's school, only one curriculum 
is recommended for a given age group. The Brethren 
Bible Class Quarterly is an excellent lesson help and 
should toe used in all adult classes studying the Inter- 
national Uniform Lesson Series. Adult classes follow- 



ing an elective course are free to choose other mate- 
rials and are not penalized for doing so. For the youth 
and children's divisions, only Brethren imprint mate- 
rials are recommended. These are available only through 
the Brethren Publishing Company and follow the closely 
graded approach, offering a separate course of study 
for each grade in the public school. 

4. Library : 

a. Have a catalogued library with a librarian on duty 
at specified times (1 point). 

b. New books purchased for the library during the 
year: 10 or more books — 2 points, 5 to 9 books — 1 point, 
less than 5 books — points. 

A good library is an asset to any church. People are 
buying and reading more books than ever before, in 
spite of television. A great wealth of excellent Chris- 
tian literature is available, but the average church 
member does not have a way to get at it. Therefore, 
the church is Obligated to make this reading matter 
available. The Sunday school should set up a library, ap- 
point a librarian who will see that the books are prop- 
erly catalogued and who will be on duty at announced 
times to check books out and in. The library should 
not be housed in some damp, dimly lighted basement room 
where the books are at the mercy of mildew and silver- 
fish. Nor should it be composed of worn-out and discarded 
books that no one wants in his home any more. The li- 
brary of the church is not a second-hand bookstore or 
attic depository. Books to be added to the library should 
be approved by the pastor and should be newly pur- 
chased for just that purpose. Plans for setting up and 
operating church libraries may be obtained by ovriting to 
the Brethren Putolishing Company. 

5. Establish and maintain a file for audio-visual aids 
and undated Sunday school materials (1 point). Unused 
Brethren imprint materials for children and young peo- 
ple should never be thrown away. They are undated and 
will be used again in two or three years, depending on 
the department. They should be carefully sorted and 
filed so that, when the lessons are repeated, the excess 
books will be used up. Records, ifilmstrips, special object 
lessons, and flannelgraph materials purchased by the 
Sunday school should be collected, labeled and stored in 
cupboards, cabinets, or filing cases. It is poor steward- 
ship of the Lord's money to use it to buy equipment and 
then allow the equipment to be damaged, lost, or thrown 
out because of carelessness. 



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Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



RUDE TO GOD 

/ will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall 
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her 
boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, 
and be glad (Psalm 34:1, 2). 

The first verse of this psalm reminds us of what 
Brother Lawrence once said: "You would think it 
rude to leave a friend alone who had come to visit 
you. Why, then, must God be neglected?" Is it not 
true? Day after day we do to God what the most 
common courtesy forbids us do to the most casual 
visitors? Why did I leave God alone today, yesterday, 
last week while I rushed around about my affairs? 
I forgot Him, I guess. But forgetting may be costly — 
I may miss some blessing which the Heavenly Father 
wanted to bestow upon me, but I was too preoccupied 
with the paltry affairs of the world to listen to the 
voice of the Almighty. 

I forgot Him, or thougiht He would be around when 
I had more time to listen to Him. And He loill. It is 
well that He does not forget, or we should soon be lost 
beyond all hope. Sin deadens the soul to the dangers 
of our forgetfulness, and unless the Spirit chides and 
continually reminds us, we drift off into forgetfulness 
and utter disregard of God's goodness and care. 

The Psalmist asserts that he will bless the Lord at 
all times. Doesn't this imply that it is appropriate 
to offer our testimony for our faith in God at any 
time? De we need to pick special places and times 
to testify to God's goodness and grace? ALL times 
and circumstances are appropriate for the declara- 
tion of gratitude and reverence to the God of all grace. 

And our testimony to our trust in the Lord shall 
affect others: The humble shall hear thereof, and be 
glad. But our lives must bear out our professions. 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religions Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for January 10, 1965 

VICTORY OVER TESIPTATION 

Text: Matthew 4:1-11 

TT SEBMIS 'HARD someitimes to reason all the points 
-'■ concerning the temptation of Jesus; how the Son 
of God could be tempted, and if He had the possibility 
of sinning. Temptation was necessary for Jesus and 
it is necessary for us. 

Temptation means to put to a te;St or to entice to 
evil. It is "to entice to evil with the prospect of some 



pleasure or favor" (Oxford English Dictionary). 
A Common Bond 

Jesus' temptation welded a common bond between 
God and us. For by virtue of His own suffering under 
temptation He is able to help those who are exposed 
to temptation (Heb. 2:18 — ^Phillips). 

For we have not an high priest which cannot be 
touched iDith the feelings of our infirmities; but loas 
in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin 
(Heb. 4:15). 

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness was not 
an accidental event. It was planned by God — Matthew 
4:1. 

The temptation involved the person of Jesus as a 
man (Matthew 4:5). It involved God and the angels 
of heaven (4:6, 7). It involved the whole plan of 
God's Kingdom on earth (4:8-10). If Satan could 
have dethroned the King it would have been a small 
matter to subjugate the people of the realm. His vic- 
tory was our victory. 

Jesus had desires, and the trial brought out just 
what pleasure and favor He wanted. His pleasure was 
to honor and please the Lord God. Jesus pointed out 
the will of God from the Word of God. 

Subject yourselves therefore to God. Resist the 
devil, and he icill flee from you (James 4:7). 

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for 
when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, 
which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him 
(James 1:12). 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 



_.,^ 



OAK HILL, W. VA. 

TT has been quite some time since there has been 
-*- any news from our church. The Lord has been 
truly blessing us. Since the arrival of our pastor, Rev. 
John Mills and his family, many noticeable changes 
have been made in the departments and societies. 
There has been an increase in all phases of our church. 

Our Youth Department has had a record attendance 
for the month of October, with an attendance of 54 
and 52 for the first two Sundays. Two of the classes 
in the Youth Department have an average of 16 for 
each class with more prospects in mind. 

Junior Church has been having 25 to 30 children. 
For their Public Service Day program, the Signal 
Lights had 36 children present. The Signal Lights 
sent $50 to General Conference for the project at 
Lost Creek, Kentucky. 

The Woman's Missionary Society has increased from 
an average of 18 to 24 members. They served as host- 
esses for the Laymen's Fellowship Dinner held re- 
cently. The laymen had as their guest speaker for the 
occasion, Mr. John Porte. Many of the laymen and 
their guests were present. 



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Our Junior B. Y. C. has been having 21 in attendance 
each Sunday evening. The Senior B. Y. C. had only 3 
members when our pastor arrived; it has increased to 
14 in attendance. 

Bible school was held for one week in August with 
an average of 94 present. For the first time there was 
a class held for adults, with the pastor as teacher, 
assisted by Mrs. Joan Lynch. There was a change 
from what we'd had in previous years with the Bible 
school being conducted in the evenings from 7 to 
9 P.M. 

Revival services were held from September 21 to 
October 4. Rev. Mills, the pastor, conducted these ser- 
vices with three souls won for Christ. 

October was a big month for the church with many 
events taking place. October 4 was Rally Day, Promo- 
tion Day, and Homecoming Day. The guest speaker 
for the morning and afternoon services was Dr. Bruce 
Stark from Ashland, Ohio. The Scarbro Baptist Choir 
was the guest choir for the afternoon services. 

On October 17, the laymen held a Fellowship Ban- 
quet with the guest speaker being Mr. John Porte. 
Mr. Porte also spoke at the morning and evening 
services on Sunday, October 18. 

We observed Holy Communion on Sunday evening, 
October 25, with our pastor. Rev. Mills, officiating. 

We request the prayers of the Brotherhood that 
we will continue to go forward in Christ's work. 

Mrs. Myrtle Nuckels 
Corresponding Secretary 



VINCO. PA. 




For the past two or three years, we have included 
the awarding of our Sunday school attendance pins 
and bars in the Rally Day activities. A total of eighty 
people were presented either pins or bars for faith- 
ful attendance; which means being in Sunday school! 
at least fifty Sundays out of the year. Pins were given 
to twenty-three pupils who had attained this record 
for the first time, and bars — ranging from two years 
to twenty-five years — were given to the others. Last 
year we began giving an additional award to those 
who had absolutely perfect attendance. This award 
is a beautiful Robert Raikes Attendance Certificate, 
suitable for framing. On the certificate is space for 
pasting on seven colored seals for each successive 
perfect year. This year twenty-one of our pupils were 
honored with these certificates, and an additional 
ten received their seals representing the second year 
of perfect attendance. 

The enclosed pictures show the two "honors" groups 
— the larger group being those who received pins and 
bars, and the other being the pupils who received 
perfect attendance recognition. (Photos by Lavelle 
Horner of the Vinco church.) 



BRIGHTON. IND. 

THE BRIGHTON BRETHREN CHAPEL was the 
scene of a very impressive spiritual service on 
Sunday, September 27, when Mr. Frederick Burkey 
was ordained to minister the gospel in the Brethren 
Church. 

Elder Virgil Meyer of Ashland, Ohio; Elder Smith 
Rose of Bryan, Ohio; and Elder Albert Curtright of 
the Brighton church officiated at the service. Mrs. 
John Long assisted with beautiful organ music and 
Mr. John Long with a vocal solo. The church con- 
gratulates Elder and Mrs. Burkey, and may God 
richly bless them in His service. 

Refreshments were served following the service to 
those who attended. 

The Brighton Brethren Church had their Home- 
coming on Sunday, October 18, 1964. Morning wor- 
ship at 10:30 A.M., basket dinner at noon, afternoon 
service at 2 P.M. Rev. Smith Rose of Bryan, Ohio, 
was the afternoon speaker. 

Communion was held at the Brighton Brethren 
Chapel, Sunday evening, October 11, at 7:30. 

Lucy L. Anderson 
Secretary 



SUNDAY, OCTOBER Uth, was a red letter day at 
the Vinco Brethren Church. On this day, we ob- 
served both Rally Day and Awards Sunday in the 
Sunday school. One of the highhghts of the Sunday 
school hour was the gathering together of the entire 
school for an opening worship program — something 
we cannot do very often due to the crowded conditions 
which this creates. By having the young people stand 
along the sides and across the back of the sanctuary, 
we were able to get everyone in for this portion of 
the service. Attendance for the Sunday school hour 
was 303 out of a Sunday school enrollment of 328! 
Attendance at the morning worship service also set a 
new record for this particular Sunday. 



The great scientist is ever aware of the something 
beyond his specialty. It is said that once a student 
entered the laboratory of Louis Pasteur and saw the 
great man bent over a table with his head bowed. He 
assumed that Pasteur was in prayer and waited in 
silence until he raised his head. As the scientist 
turned around he noted that he had been peering 
into a microscope. 

"Oh, I thought you were praying." Pasteur answered, 
"I was." 

Norman K. Elliott in HOW TO BE THE 
LORD'S PRAYER (Fleming H. Revell 
Company) 



January 2, 1965 



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FORMER NAE PRESIDENT 
AND OTHER LEADERS SUED 
IN LIBEL ACTION 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN, (ep) — lA for- 
mer president of the National As- 
sociation of Evangelicals is one of 
six clergymen who have been ad- 
ded to a list of defendants sued 
by a University of Minnesota pro- 
fessor who alleges they labeled him 
a Communist or a Communist sym- 
pathizer. 

Named in the suit was Dr. Fred- 
ericli C. Fowler, pastor of First 
Presbyterian Church, Duluth, who 
once said he was "abjectly asham- 
ed" of the action of the United 
Presbyterian Church's General As- 
sembly for calling for co-existence 
with communism. He was president 
of the NAE from 1950 through 1952. 

Other clergymen added to the list 
of defendants in the suit brought 
by Dr. Arnold Rose, University so- 
ciologist, are all from Minneapolis. 
Ittiey are the Rev. R. F. Mcllnay, 
pastor of Powerhorn Park Baptist 
Church; Dr. Paul Rader, pastor of 
River-Lake Gospel Tabernacle; the 
Rev. H. B. Pnince, pastor of Bethes- 
da Evangelical Free Church; the 
Rev. Harold MoClure, pastor of Oak 
Hill Baptist Church, and the Rev. 
Wilson Katter, pastor of City of the 
Lakes Gospel Tabernacle. 

Dr. Rose, who has made studies in 
race relations, brought the $10,000 
Ibel suit in February against 
Christian Research, Inc., a conser- 
vative organization which report- 
edly attacked him in a circular en- 
titled "Facts for Action." 

U. S. CLERGYMAN GIVES UP 
CITIZENSHIP TO RETURN TO 
MINISTRY IN POLAND 

DALLAS, TEXAS (ep) — An Amerlcan- 
born Church of Christ minister is 
giving up his U. S. citizenship to 
return to Poland where he has 
lived for nearly 20 years as a lay- 
m;an and as a missionary. 

Plans for the resumption of mis- 
sionary activities in Poland toy the 
Rev. Henry Ciszek were disclosed 
by the Christian Reporter, a 
1 monthly newspaper published here 
for area Churches of Christ. 



It said Mr. Ciszek will go back, 
the publication said, because he be- 
lieves he can be more effective in 
church work in Poland and because 
"his heart is with the Polish peo- 
ple." The minister has several rela- 
tives in the Communist nation and 
several others in Russia. 

He has been in Dallas since early 
this year when he returned from 
Poland, saying that he had been 
"slightly told to get out in a deli- 
cate way." At that time he said he 
had been arrested several times and 
had encountered so many other 
difficulties with Communist auth- 
orities that he was convinced he 
could no longer continue an ef- 
fective ministry there. 

In Poland, Mr. Ciszek is expected 
to be supported partially by the 
Urbandale Church of Christ here 
which is providing financial as- 
sistance to about 20 denominationa'l 
congregations in that country. 



"CHALLENGE" ALERTS 
AFRICANS ON LUNG CANCER 

LAGOS, NIGERIA (ep) — While tobac- 
co companies are conducting a 
high pressure sales drive in Africa, 
a Christian magazine has launched 
a "Don't Smoke!" campaign to warn 
Africans about lung cancer. 

The African Challenge, popular 
mass-circulation monthly publish- 
ed by the Sudan Interior Mission, 
tells readers not to be deceived by 
"clever advertisements" in press 
and radio. 

'^As sales go down overseas, man- 
ufacturers try to find new buyers 
in Africa," the magazine asserts. 

"We declare war on dishonest 
cigarette advertising which mis- 
leads our youth. We shall publish 
the full facts about the harmful 
effects of smoking." 

The Challenge also calls on gov- 
ernments of African states to sup- 
port the campaign, even at the risk 
of losing revenue, "Isn't the health 
of our people more important than 
advertisements and taxes?" the ed- 
itors ask. 

The Challenge is read by an esti- 



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mated million people in Africa, 
many of them students. 

DRIVE WILL REQUEST N. Y. 
TO HIKE "DRINKING AGE" 

ROCHESTER, N. Y. (EP) — The State 
of New York was criticized by a 
temperance leader here as the only 
state in the union that does not 
prohibit sale of alcoholic bever- 
ages to youths under 21. 

S. Bowen Hawkins, executive di- 
rector of the New York Temper- 
ance Civic League, Inc., told the 
Women's Christian Temperance 
Union's national convention: "We 
certainly, as a nation, ought to take 
a long, hard look at any set of 
laws which permit five million peo- 
ple to become alcoholics." 

"We find there are 130 million 
people in America who do not drink 
as against a mere 70 milhon who 
do. The facts are in our favor, and 
we are not using them positively 
enough." 

Mr. Hawkins said that for the 
eleventh consecutive year efforts 
would be made in New York State 
to secure a law restricting the pur- 
chase of liquor to those 21 or over, 
instead of 18, as the present statute 
provides. 

ATLANTA CHURCH SALE 

TO MUSLIMS DENIED 

ATLANTA (EP) — A Southem Bap- 
tist church here has strongly de- 
nied published charges that it con- 
sidered selling its property to a 
Black Muslim group. 

Pastor J. C. Embry of Western 
Heights Baptist Church said: "Our 
people absolutely refused even to 
consider an offer for our property 
from a local Black Muslim temple. 
We would never consider selling to 
such an un-Christian, un-Ameri- 
can and anti-white group. 

"We will sell our property only 
to a group that will be a credit 
to the community. The amount of 
their offer was never a factor in 
our refusing to sell to the Black 
Muslims." 

Western Heights Church is one 
of several in the Georgia capital 
totally surrounded by Negroes due 
to changing neighborhoods. The 
church has already bought prop- 
erty nearer where most of its mem- 
bers have resettled. It will move 
as soon as its present property sells, 
and will erect a new building on 
the new site. 



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News from the Brethren 4 

Weddings 4 

iVlemorials 4 

Daily Devotions — January 17-23 5 

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Prayer Meeting Bible Study 8 

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THE BOWERS TO NIGERIA — 

THE BOWERS FAMILY boarded a plane onj 
Saturday, December 26, and began their! 
journey to Nigeria to assume their new work ini 
the Waka mission field as teachers. They are ex-' 
pected to arrive in Nigeria on Saturday, January 
2 (this writing is of December 30). 

Be sure to pray for these people as they be- 
gin their work in this part of the world. 



THE CURTISES TO ARGENTINA — 

REV. AND MRS. WILLIAM CURTIS and Deb- 
bie left today (December 30) for Argentina 
to begin their work there, and will arrive on Thurs- 
day afternoon, December 31. By the time you read 
this, they (and the Bowers) will have arrived at 
their destinations and will have begun their work, 
Be sure to remember all our missionaries as 
they labor in the fields where God has called them. 



ADVANCE NOTICE 

Southeastern District 

Sunday School Institute 

Saturday, May 1, 1965 

10 A. M. to 4 P. M. 

St. James Brethren Church 

Registration: $1.00 




Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . . 1' 

The Brethren Layman 2( 

The Missionary Board 2! 



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Top Stories 
for '64 



[T IS ALWAYS interesting to note the top news 

stories of the previous year, and especially 
he top stories in the religious news. In most 
ases, the various editors agree on listings of 
hese stories. Moody Monthly made a survey 
,mong the editors of evangelical magazines and 
ame up with the following. 

"The third session of the Second Vatican Coun- 
il was 1964's most significant news story in the 
vangelical religious world, according to a sur- 
ey by Moody Monthly. The magazine, published 
ach month by the Moody Bible Institute of 
Chicago, polled 23 evangelical news editors, maga- 
ine editors and news analysts for the year's top 
ive stories. 

"In its January issue, the magazine points out 
hat 'perhaps the most significant results of the 
ession so far have been that bishops now are 
earning the thoughts and aspirations they have 
re shared widely with others all over the world.' 

"In addition to the Vatican story, the massacre 
f missionaries, particularly in the Congo, took 
econd in the poll. The magazine says, 'more 
ban in any other year in the mid-twentieth cen- 
ury, 1964 could be called the year of the martyrs.' 

"The third most important news story of the 
ear in the evangelical religious world: the 1964 
iilly Graham crusades, particularly in Birming- 
ani and Boston. 

"Religion in the school took fourth place and 
ivil rights took fifth." 

This is, of course, a most interesting item to 
ead. As I pondered over this news story, I be- 
an to wonder what we could say were the most 
iteresting news stories in the Brethren de- 
omination. After considering the subject for 

short time, I would like to list the following 
s outstanding news items for 1964. These are 
sted only as they came to mind, I have not tried 
3 list them as to importance. 

One very important item is the Seminary de- 
elopment program. The churches have responded 
1 an excellent way to this program giving and 



pledging $150,000 to this work. A new chapel has 
been made in the now existing building along 
with a great deal of remodeling. Contracts are to 
be let very soon for the new library wing. The 
student body has increased. The Seminary has 
taken great strides under the leadership of Dr. 
J. R. Shultz. 

Our college has on campus a new ten-story 
men's dormitory along with the new dining room 
which adds much to the beauty of campus. Other 
new buildings are soon to be erected. 

The Missionary Board has sent out during 
1964 Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bowers and family 
to Nigeria; and Rev. and Mrs. William Curtis to 
Argentina. At home our Missionary Board has 
helped in the building of new churches in new 
communities. The Brethren Church is expanding. 

Brethren Youth inaugurated the Bible Quiz 
in 1964 which was a big success for our young 
people. Along with this, Brethren young people 
went over the financial goal in giving assistance 
to our new church at Herndon, Virginia. The goal 
for 1965 is $10,000 for Derby, Kansas. 

One of the big items for 1964 was the adop- 
tion of a hospitalization and surgical insurance 
plan for Brethren ministers by the Retirement 
Board and the National Brethren Ministerial As- 
sociation. Our ministers have needed and wanted 
such a plan for many years, it was realized last 
year. 

Central Council has truly gone forward in 
making plans for the good of the Brethren 
Church. Many, many problems have been solved 
by the members of the Council as they have met 
from time to time. 

The printing of the book Our Church Guidebook 
was released in April of the past year whicli has 
been of great help to many. This book was written 
by Rev. Albert T. Ronk. 

Your Editor could go on with other interest- 
ing facts, but most of all, the attitude of the 
members of the Brethren Church promises that 
greater advancements will be made in 1965! S.G. 



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Washington, D. C. Rev. Jerry Flora, 
in his news 'bulletin, reports that 
Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Geaslen, Jim- 
mie, and Nancy were received into 
membership of the church by 
transfer of letter from Hagers- 
town, Md. 

Levittown, Pa. and 

Sergeants\'ille, New Jer. 
A combined choir of both the Fair- 
less Hills-Levittown and Sergeants- 
ville churches presented the 
Christmas cantata "Night of Mir- 
acles" by John W. Peterson at both 
churches during the Christmas 
season. The choir was under the 
direction of 'Mrs. Robert Keplinger; 
organist was Mrs. Emmert Wilson; 
narrator was Mr. Darwin Yocum. 
Rev. Keplinger and Rev. Arthur 
Collins were among the soloists. 

Mansfield, Ohio. On Sunday eve- 
ning, December 27, two young men 
were received into membership of 
the church by baptism according 
to Rev. Spencer Gentle, pastor. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Rev. James Black 
and family are getting settled in 
their new work and are going for- 
ward in the work of the church. 
On Sunday afternoon, December 
27, a reception was held for the 
ne'W parsonage family. 

Attention — 

Pastors and Secretaries: 

Again this year, the Gospel Teams 
of Ashland College await to serve 
you. If you have not already ex- 
pressed your desire to have a team 
serve you, you may do so by writing 
to: Men's Gospel Team, Box 298, 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. We 
look forward to serving you. 



Weddings 



vember 7, at 3 p. m., in a beautiful 
service in the Mt. Olive Brethren 
Church. The bride is the daughter 
of Mrs. Jane Rodgers Blosser and 
the late Harold P. Blosser. Bo'th 
young people are faithful members 
of the church. The vows were solem- 
nized under the direction of the un- 
dersigned. Miss Rebecca Harman 
was soloist. A reception followed the 
service in the fellowship room. 

Rev. John F. Locke 

* * * 

BERKSHIRE-FIELDS. Miss S'har- 
on Berkshire and James Fields were 
united in marriage on August 23, at 
the Park Street Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio. The bride's father, 
Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire, assisted 
by Rev. Phil Lersch performed the 
double ring ceremony. Both Sharon 
and Jim are seniors at Ashland Col- 
lege and are residing at 80 Samari- 
tan Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 

Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire 



Memorials 

STONEBURNER. James A. Stone- 
burner, a long-time member of 
the Dutchtown Brethren Church, 
passed away November 22, 1964, at 
the age of 81. Services were held 
at the Dutchtown church, Novem- 
ber 25, with the pastor. Rev. George 
Pontius officiating. 

Mrs. Robert Webster 



BLOSSER-TURNER. Miss Wanda 
Carold Blosser became the bride of 
Gary Melvin Turner on Saturday, No- 



Pennsylvania District 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Brant have 
established an annuity bond in the 
amount of $7,000 with the Pennsyl- 
vania District Mission Board as the 
recipient. 

Mr. Brant has served faithfully as 
the treasurer for the Board for many 
years. During his membership many 
churches were started and others 
received his encouragement. 

Mrs. Brant is president of W.M.S. 
I, Berlin, Pa., Bible school teacher 



and has always maintained a deep 
religious devotion for the cause of 
Christ. 

Members of the Board express 
their appreciation for past loyal ser- 
vice, continued prayerful concern, 
and now for the encouragement this 
generous gesture brings. 

The Board is mindful of the hun- 
dreds of spiritual lives Fred and 
Bertha Brant have helped to elevate 
and still pledge their support to the; 
same high purpose. 

We sincerely pray that the Brants 
find much lasting joy and inspiration 
from the gift they have made. 

George A. Leidy, Secretary] 
Pa. District Mission Board 



INDEPENDENT PRESBYTERIAN 
GROUP HONORS COMEDIAN 
DICK GREGORY 

ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. (EP) — NegTO' 

Comedian Dick Gregory received 
an "Action Award for Racial Jus- 
tice" here from the Presbyterian 
Interracial Council, an independ- 
ent unit formed last year. 

The entertainer, who has taken 
part in many demonstrations and 
held benefit performances to sup- 
port the civil rights movement, was 
honored at a luncheon during the 
Democratic National Convention. 

Members of the Presbyterian In- 
terracial Council took part in a si- 
lent vigil outside Convention Hall 
as an expression of support for 
the Mississippi Freedom Democrat- 
ic Party. 

Mr. Gregory's address was mark- 
ed by both bitter humor and se- 
riousness. Noting the Council's par- 
ticipation in the Convention Hall 
vigil, he commented: 

"It's always a pleasure to be 
around the church when it is. 
speaking out on this great racial: 
injustice. I personally feel that, 
had the church spoken out a litttle 
earlier, there would be a lot of peo- 
ple living today who are not." 

"The church cannot only save 
America, but eventually save the 
whole world — but it will have to 
work very hard," he continued. 
"The church is in trouble, and as 
long as the church is in trouble, 
we all are in trouble . . ." 



No man is poor who has had a 
Godly mother. 

Abraham Lincoln, quoted 
in WITH LOVE TO MOTH- 
ER (Fleming H. Revell Co.) 



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Daily Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "BTJLFILL,ING THE TWEE" 
Theme for January — "BY GIVING YOUR TALENTS TO HIM" 

Writer for January — Rev. \\. St. Clair Benshoff 
January 17-23 — "Performed In Humility" 



Sunday, January 17, 1965 

lead Scripture: Matthew 10:39-42 
And lohosoever shall give to drink 
:nto one of these little ones a cup 
■/ cold laater only in the name of a 
isciple, verily I say unto you, he 
hall in no ivise lose his reioard 
Matthew 10:42). 

The thought of receiving a re- 
gard for what we do as Christian 
ervice for the Lord should not be 
ippermost in our mind. If we serve 
nly with the thought of reward 
a mind, we are going to be mis- 
rable. Better to serve for the 
/orli's salce, and for good of our 
hurch and fellowmen, and let the 
ewards take care of themselves. 
)ur Father remembers, and after 
•le have faithfully served, then the 
ewards will be ours. The need of 
iromoting the Gospel should be 
ur main consideration, even to 
hose who would never hear unless 
76 told them. How much are we 
eally doing for Him these days? 
The Day's Thoug;ht 
Love heightens the smallest ac- 
ions, and gives worth to them. 

Monday, January 18, 1965 

?ead Scripture: John 12:1-8 

Then took Mary a pound of oint- 
nent of spikenard, very costly, and 
inointed the feet of Jesus, and 
oiped his feet ivith her hair: and 
he house loas filled with the odour 
)/ the ointment (John 12:3). 

The "odor" of humility can fill 
he atmosphere surrounding a true 
lervant of the Lord. It can fill 
.he "whole house." Its fragrance 
;an permeate the lives of others 
intil all are blessed. Note, though, 
.hat this is true, God-inspired hu- 
nility. It is not the hypocritical 
;ype in which people are proud of 
heir "humble piety." True humility 
lomes from lives that realize that 
n themselves they can do nothing, 
rat only through the Lord can they 
lo the things they do for Him. 
Elead the Beatitudes in Matthew 



five. The first step on the stairway 
to the Temple of God is humility. 
Emptied of self — filled with the 
love and power of God. 
The Day's Thought 
Blessed are the poor in spirit — 
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Tuesday, January 19, 1965 

Read Scripture: Acts 20:17-21 

Serving the Lord with all humil- 
ity of mind, and with many tears, 
and temptations, which befell me 
by the lying in wait of the Jeios 
(Acts 20:19). 

Carefulness in the daily walk of 
the Christian is indicated here. 
Paul was zealous and faithful in 
the performance of his apostolic 
duties, but he was also very care- 
ful in the matter of his private 
walk as a Christian. How many 
times a good example in service 
to the church is lost because of 
what the individual does at home, 
at work or in his social circles. We 
must be careful what we do day by 
day in order to firm up our profes- 
sion as a Christian. Whether on 
the mountain top or in the valley, 
the Christian needs to walk as the 
Lord would have him walk, lest 
those who "lie in wait to destroy 
him" find him an unguarded prey 
to their actions. 

The Day's Thought 
"What you do speaks so loud I 
can't hear what you are saying." 

Wednesday, January 30, 1965 

Read Scripture: Matthew 6:9-15 

Thy kingdom come. Thy ivill be 
done in earth, as it is in heaven 
(Matthew 6:10). 

In a kingdom, the will of the 
king is supreme. There can be but 
one will. A king directs his leaders 
and his subjects, and, regardless of 
their personal feelings, they do 
his will. Otherwise, there is no 
kingdom— just a group of people 
doing their own desires. In the 
great kingdom of God, there can be 



but one will. All the wills of the 
subjects are to be brought into 
harmony with God. That is why we 
pray, "Thy will be done" — every- 
where. For peace, prosperity, hap- 
piness and eternal life, our will 
must be brought into subjection to 
His will for our lives. To do other- 
wise is to invite chacs, distress and 
failure. He is our Lord and Mas- 
ter. By obedience to the Lord, we 
can walk in the sunshine of His 
smile, and all things will work out 
to His glory and to our blessed 
benefit. 

The Day's Thought 
Christ prayed, "Not my will, but 
Thine be done," and won the vic- 
tory. 

Thursday, January 31, 1965 
Read Scripture: Luke 1:30-38 

And Mary-said, Behold the hand- 
maid of the Lord; be it unto me 
according to thy loord. And the 
angel departed from her (Luke 1: 
38). 

What is involved in complete 
obedience to the will of God? An 
example of this type of surrender 
to the will of God is found in the 
life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. 
First, she believed the call to ser- 
vice which the angel of the Lord 
presented to her. Then she said, 
"I am perfectly ready to obey thy 
commands, and to accomplish all 
the purposes of thy grace concern- 
ing me!" This meant changing her 
personal plans. It meant suffering 
the hurt of wagging tongues of the 
uninformed in her home town. It 
meant hardship and uncomfortable 
surroundings. But to her credit, she 
willingly gave herself to the will of 
God. In return she received es- 
teemed honor as the mother of the 
human body of our Lord. We may 
not become as famous as Mary, but 
we can be just as faithful in serv- 
ing the Lord. 

The Day's Thought 

Nothing but the best of my life 
for Thee, O Lord. 

Friday, January 32, 1965 

Read Scripture: Matthew 16:24-27 
For whosoever loill save his life 
shall lose it: and whosoever will 
lose his life for my sake shall find 
it (Matthew 16:25). 

It is impossible to ascertain the 
number of people God has called 
to serve Him who have turned Him 
down. There are many — enough to 
man all the pulpits and missionary 



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stations we now have and to start 
enough new points to evangelize 
the world. God did not intend that 
His work should suffer for lack of 
personnel. That His work does suf- 
fer is due to man's constant re- 
jection of the call to service. Yes, 
save your life for self, tout in the 
end, lose it, if that is your wish. 
However, to those whom God calls, 
and who answer, "Yes," will come 
a blessed peace that cannot be 
found in any other work. Whom 
God calls, He also keeps, and that 
should be enough for anyone who 
wishes to give his life to God here, 
to gain it again with eternal bless- 
ings added. 



The Day's Thought 

"I am Thine for service. Lord." 

Saturday, January 23, 1965 

Read Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30 
Take my yoke upon you, and 
learn of me; for I am meek and 
lowly of heart: and Ye shall find 
rest for your souls (Matthew 11: 
29). 

At this point in our Lord's min- 
istry, He projects the personal rela- 
tionship between Himself and those 
who would follow Him. The king- 
dom is certain, but in His kingdom, 
the relationship between king and 
subject is going to be on a personal 
basis. Rest and service are offered 



to those who are conscious of need 
Here is the personal Christ, th 
One whom we should be delightei 
to serve. Do not overlook the fac 
that in the midst of the heav 
duties of service, there can com 
rest and peace for our souls. Chris 
gives this to those who learn t 
walk with Him and to abide in Hi 
love. Learn the secret of doing you 
Christian service in the humilit 
of Christ, and a peace will be your 
which the world cannot offer. 
The Day's Thought 
The work of righteousness sha, 
be peace; and the effect of right 
eousness is quietness and assur 
ance for ever (Isaiah 32:17). 




CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Roberl- G. Holsinger 



Readings from the Gospel according to St. Mark 
Memory Scripture for the month — Mark 13:30 

And thou Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, 
and with all thy strength: this is the first command- 
ment. 

January 17-23 



SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 7:32-37 

Can You Hear? 

Mom went to the foot of the steps and called, "Gary. 
Linda." 

No answer. 

She called again. 

Still no answer. 

Mom went upstairs to the playroom. The children 
looked up when she walked in. "We've been having 
lots of fun," said Linda. 

"We're playing store," said Gary. 

Mom smiled. "Did you hear me call?" 

"No," they said. "When?" 

"Just now," answered Mom. "We're going to ride 
out to the farm to see Grandma and Grandpa. Let's 
get ready." 

Do you always hear when you are called? Sometimes 
When we are interested in what we are doing, like 
Gary and Linda were, we do not hear. 

The man in our Bible story wanted to hear. But 
he could not. There was something wrong with his 
ears. When Jesus touched the man's ears and prayed, 
he could hear. Jesus helped him because He loved 
him. He helps us every day because He loves us. 



Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, for loving me and helping mi 
Thank You for my ears. Help me to use them to hea 
the things I should. Amen. 

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 8:1-9 
A Party 

"Thanks for the party. Mom," said Linda as sh 
dried the dishes. 

"Yes, it was really swell," said Gary as he put th 
chairs back in their places. "It was fun having on 
Sunday school class for supper." 

"I liked the games and stories afterwards, too, 
added Linda. 

"There isn't much chili left," Gary said as he looke 
in the kettle on the stove. 

"No," laughed Mom. "I had that pan full of chil 
but there's only a spoonful left." 

"That's the way it usually is at a party," remarke 
Dad as he came into the kitchen. "But I know of on 
where there was more food left after the people ha 
eaten than there was before." 

"Oh, you're joking," exclaimed Linda. 

"No, really," insisted Dad. "You know about it, too. 

"I think I know what you mean," declared Gar; 
"You are thinking about one of the times when Jesu 
fed a large crowd. When He fed the four thousan 
He had seven loaves and a few fish. There were seve: 
baskets of food left over." 

"We'll never plan a party like that," Linda saic 
"Only God's Son could do it." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the good times I can hav 
with my friends. Help me to share the Bible storie 
with them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 8:22-26 
Eyes 

"Why does that man have a white cane?" askei 
Linda. 

Mom came to the window where Linda was stand 
ing. "That tells us he is blind," she said. "Many blini 
people use a cane to help them find their way arounc 
See how he moves it back and forth? If it touche 



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something, he knows by the feel what is in his path. 
It helps him know when he comes to a street cross- 
ing, too." 

"I'm glad I can see with my eyes," said Linda 
thoughtfully as she watched the man. 

"Yes," agreed Mom. "It is another way in which 
God has been good to us." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for my eyes. Help me to use them 
as I should and to take care of them. May I use my 
eyes to read that which is good and to see that which 
is lovely. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 8:27-31 
Very Special 

"My, how the kitten has grown," said Linda. She 
pulled a string across the floor. He bounced after 
it, trying to catch it with his paws. 

"You cute little kitten," laughed Linda as she sat 
down on the floor. She put the kitten in her lap. 
"Your paws are always so white. Mittens is a good 
name for you. I'm glad Gary thought of it." 

Mittens was purring happily as Linda stroked his 
fur. Queenie came into the room. Mittens jumped 
from Linda's lap and went to the dog. 

"Oh, Mittens," said Linda, "you like Queenie better 
than me!" 

Mom laughed. "She knows Queenie is the one that 
has cared for her. She is fond of all of us, but Queenie 
is very special to her." 

Jesus' disciples knew He was very special. They 
knew He was the Son of God. Other people were still 
wondering about Jesus, but the disciples knew. Do 
you know Jesus is God's Son, our Savior? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, that I know You are my Savior. 
Help me to share this glad news with others. Amen. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 8:34-38 
Ashamed 

"Do I have to go downtown with Uncle Ted?" asked 
Gary. 

"Why Gary!" exclaimed Mom. "You always Uked to 
go with him before." 

"That's fishing," said the boy. "Not many people 
see us there. But downtown everyone will see us. Uncle 
Ted always wears those funny clothes. Whenever we 
meet someone he tells a real old joke and then stands 
there laughing about it himself." 

'lAU of us do things others thing are strange," said 
Mom, "but that is no reason to be ashamed of some- 
one we love. What do you hke best about Uncle Ted?" 

"Oh, lots of things," said Gary quickly. "I hke to 
go fishing with him. He takes me horseback riding. 
You know he sends money to take care of six Korean 
orphans. He's helpful to older people, and he always 
has time to play games with children." 

"Lots of reasons to be proud of Uncle Ted," added 
Mom. "And you're ashamed to be seen with him!" 

"I guess I wasn't thinking straight," said Gary. 
: "When I think of all the good he does, it doesn't 
I matter if he wears funny clothes and tells old jokes." 

Some people are ashamed to let others know they 
I love Jesus. Jesus said if we are ashamed of Him, He 



will be ashamed of us in heaven. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for my family and friends. Help 
me to look for the good in them and never to be 
ashamed of them. Help me to tell others gladly that 
Jesus is my Savior. May I never hesitate to say I fol- 
low Him. In His name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 9:2-9 
Changed 

The furnace wasn't heating properly. As soon as 
Dad came home from work, he put on some old clothes 
and went to the basement to fix it. 

About an hour later Dad came up from the base- 
ment and said, "Well, it's fixed." 

"Good!" said Mom as she looked up from the salad 
she was making. Then she began to laugh. Gary and 
Linda came into the kitchen. They began to laugh, 
too. 

"What's so funny?" asked Dad. 

"You!" said the children. 

"Look in the mirror," said Mom. 

When Dad looked in the hall mirror he began to 
laugh, too. While working on the furnace he had 
gotten his clothes very dirty. There was dirt on his 
face, too, and a big black smudge of dirt on his nose. 

"I'll soon change that," said Dad as he went up- 
stairs. 

A short time later Dad came back to the kitchen. 

"That's better," said Mom. 

"Much better," giggled Linda. 

"You look different now," agreed Gary. 

One day Peter, James, and John saw Jesus changed. 
Not just His clothes, but himself as well. He was shin- 
ing bright. Then they heard the voice of God say, 
"This is my beloved Son." 

Then they knew that He truly was the promised 
Savior. They believed Him and followed Him. Do you? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know Jesus is Your Son. 
Help me to follow Him in all that I do today. In His 
name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 9:17-27 
It Is Possible 

"Are you going over to see Paul today?" Mom asked 
Gary. 

"No," he replied. "I've asked him so many times 
to go to church with me, taut he always has excuses. 
He will never go." 

"Perhaps you need to ask him just one more time," 
suggested Mom. 

"One more time or ten more times won't make 
any difference," said Gary. 

"Jesus told us all things are possible if we believe," 
Mom reminded him. "You beheve God wants Paul 
to go to church with you, don't you?" 

"Yes," answered Gary. 

"Then perhaps this is the time he will go," Mom 
added. 

"I'll try," declared Gary. "I'll go now and ask him." 

A short time later Gary came whistling home. "It 
worked!" he shouted. "Paul's going to church with 
me tomorrow!" 



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Often we give up too soon when we are praying 
or working for something. We forget that all things 
are possible with God. 
Prayer: 

I am glad, dear God, that You are so great and 
wise and good. Help me to remember that there is 
nothing impossible for You to do. In Jesus' name 
I pray. Amen. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



arated (Matt. 13:40). Even the neighbors of Jesus, 
unsaved, will be eternally lost (Luke 13:26-28). There 
will be no gate crashing in Heaven (Matt. 25:10-12). 
Esau siold his birthright with a light heart, tout af- 
terward had nothing more than remorse (Heb. 12: 
17) . The spirit of the Lord will not always strive 
with men (Gen. 6; 3a). The dark floods of judgment 
are gathering to break over a lost, Christ-rejecting 
world (Rev. 6:14-17). 

Jesus is our only Ark of safety (John 1:9). God's 
Holy Spirit is calling souls to Christ (John 5:6). The 
Spirit and the Church are inviting (Rev. 22:17). The 
Spirit convicts men that they are sinners and teaches 
them to repent (John 16:8). Anyone who wants to 
be saved, may (John 6:37). Whosoever will may be 
saved (Rom. 10:13). But he must draw nigh to God 
(James 4:8) ! 



WHY NOAH WAS SAVED 

THE AMAZING STORY of the flood causes the 
uninformed tia doubt its historicity (John 20:25). 
However, aside from the Bible, thirty-seven ancient 
nations have a flood story; all but three have an 
ark; and all but four have eight persons saved toy 
means of an ark (vs. 27). But, the greatest proof of 
the validity of the flood is the endorsement of Jesus 
Christ (Matt. 24:37-39), Christ was the Teacher sent 
from God (John 3:2), who spoke the very words of 
God (John 3:34). 

Noah was saved from the ravages of the flood, in 
the first place, by grace (Gen. 6:8). He was saved by 
grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). Genesis 7:1 says 
that He was "righteous before God," but the only 
righteousness in God's sight is "the righteousness 
of faith" (Rom. 9:30). "There is no difference," all 
must toe "justified freely by His grace" (Rom. 3:22-24). 
Noah's righteousness was "according to faith" (Heb. 
11:7). 

Noah was saved by believing the Word of God 
(Heb. 11:7). God's Word is not generally believed 
(Prov. 26:12). Like Abraham, Noah's faith in God's 
Word was imputed unto him for righteousness (Rom. 
4:20-22). As Noah believed in 'the coming judgment 
of the flood, so we are to believe in a judgment for 
all mankind (Acts 17:31). As in Noah's day, it is still 
hard to get people to believe that men are lost (II 
Thess. 1:7, 8) . 

Noah was saved because he obeyed God (Gen. 7: 
5). Noah had a faith of the heart (Rom. 10:9, 10). 
He did exactly what God told him to do (Gen. 6:14). 
He built an ark for his own salvation and the saving 
of his house (Acts 16:31). He obeyed God's invita- 
tion (Gen. 7:1). In his obedience Noah had "the 
answer of a good conscience toward God" (I Peter 
3:20, 21). Like Joshua (Josh. 24:15), Noah's obedience 
of faith included his whole family (Gen. 7:7). 

Noah's faith was tested by long delay, and was ex- 
ercised amid prevailing unbelief (Gen. 6:3). Never- 
theless, he was "a preacher of righteousness" (II 
Peter 2:5). When God shut Noah in the ark (Gen. 
7:16), the unbelieving world was shut out (Luke 
13:25). Seven days of despised mercy remained (Gen. 
7:4-10). People followed their ordinary pursuits (Matt. 
24:38). But soon the tares and the wheat were sep- 



Israel's 
Historic 

Timetable 
in 

Prophecy 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

Xli 



THE QUESTION asked of Jesus as He sat on the 
Mount of Olives has been pondered by multitudes 
since it first troubled the disciples. It is as fresh to- 
day as when voiced by the little band as they queried, 
"Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall 
be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the age?" 

What? When? Then add the "Why," and the "How." 
Then like children, we grope for the answers, half 
doubting, and try to console ourselves by burying our 
heads in the sands of ignorance and indolence. 

There are some times and seasons which the Lord 
told His disciples they were not to know (Acts 1:7). 
In speaking to them of the coming of the Son of Man, 
He said. Of that day and hour knoweth no one, not 
even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the 
Father only (Matt. 24:36 A.S.V.). Then the Lord fol- 
lowed the statement with. And as ivere the days of 
Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of Man. In 
those days, Noah knew, not the day or the hour, but 
the near approach, when the provender was stored 
and the animals gathered. Moreover, the people had 
an opportunity to know, for Noah preached it unto 
them (II Peter 2:5), but they would not hearken. 

Paul gives us food for thought when he referred 
to the Raipture of the Lord and the Resurrection of 



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the saints, thus, But concerning the times and the 
seasons, brethren, ye have no need that aught be writ- 
ten unto you. For yourselves knmo perfectly that the 
day of the Lord so cometh as a thief i7i the night. 
When they are saying. Peace and safety, then sudden 
destruction cometh upon them . . . But ye, brethren, 
are not in darkness, that that day should overtake 
you as a thief ... (I Thess. 5:lff). 

Paul was speaking of the day of homegathering 
of the saints, when he wrote to the Thessalonians, 
but the disciples on Olivet asked Him about the Second 
Coming of the Messiah and the end of the Jewish 
age. Paul was admonishing watchfulness of believers, 
as "sons of light," that is, to watch for the evidences 
of His appearing. Jesus gave the disciples the signs 
they asked for and Matthew recorded them in his gos- 
pel. No one needs to be in ignorance of what was re- 
vealed if he can read and has average intelligence. 

The disciples were not the first to seek to unravel 
the secret of time for Israel. Daniel was a man of 
visions and revelations. After a certain vision, he said, 
/ sought to understand it . . . and a voice said, Gabriel, 
make this man to understand the vision . . . And he 
said unto me. Understand, O son of man; for the 
vision belongeth to the time of the end . . . Behold, I 
will make thee to know what shall be in the latter time 
of indignation; for it belongeth to the appointed time 
of the end (Daniel 8:15fE A.S.V.). Gabriel summed 
the whole matter up in chapter 9:23, Therefore con- 
sider the matter, and understand the vision. 

Then the angel unfolded the vision showing the 
decree of the seventy weeks for Israel and the holy 
city. 

The use of the word iveeks in the English transla- 
tion has confused many, due to the common meaning 
of the word as a period of seven days. In the Hebrew, 
the word translated week in English, is SHABUA, from 
which derives the SABBATH. In the New Testament, 
the week was called the Sabbath, and the days of the 
week were numbered rather than named, such as, 
the first, or the second, or the seventh day of the 
Sabbath. When the Hebrew of Daniel 9:24 is read, it 
says. Seventy sevens are decreed upon thy people and 
upon the holy city. Seventy sevens are 490. Seventy 
weeks of seven days would approximate ten years of 
time. Daniel and every other Jew would know that 
all of the occurances specified in the same verse could 
not be fulfilled in ten years. The explanation lies in 
the Hebrew use of the number seven. 

Many numbers as used in the Holy Scriptures car- 
ry sacred significance. As such, seven is the number 
of completeness and perfection. God has made it so, 
for it appears so often in the created nature of things. 

There are seven elements, that is, wave lengths, in 
light which are reflected in the colors of the rainbow. 
Three are primary colors, three are secondary, and 
the perfect blending of them all makes for pure white. 
Diminish or overproduce the perfect proportion of 
any color, and the blended result will be gray, or 
white of low tonality. Only the perfect blending pro- 
duces white. Then, there are seven notes in the 
diatonic scale of music. Herein hes the source of 
harmony. Running the scale from C to B, seven are 
counted and the eighth is C again or the beginning 
of a new series. God put seven into light, and sound. 



and used the number lavishly throughout His crea- 
tion. 

Likewise, in the sacred things of revelation, God 
dedicated the numtoer seven. The clean animals of 
the Ark went in by sevens. There were seven blessed 
years in Egypt. There were seven lamps on the golden 
candlestick. Seven Churches received messages in the 
Revelation; and there were seven angels, and sev- 
en stars, and seven seals, and seven bowls. 

Now, return to Hebrew understanding relative to 
the number seven, especially in reference to years. 
As man needed a seventh day of rest, the land also 
needed a seventh of rest and God invoked it. Exodus 
23:10 (A.S.V.) records the command. And six years 
thou Shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the in- 
crease thereof: but the seventh year thou shalt let 
it rest and lie falloiu; . . . Here is a seven of years. 
Note also the law of the bondman. If thou buy a He- 
breiD servant {or bondman), six years he shall serve: 
and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing 
(Ex. 21:2 A.S.V.) . Here again is a week of years, the 
seventh becoming a Sabbatical year. The seven-year 
period was as common to a Hebrew as the seventh- 
day period, and Daniel knew what Jehovah was re- 
ferring to when He said seventy sevens. Daniel 
looked down through the centuries and saw 490 years 
as the duration of Israel's prophetic history. 

Now for a look at this part of God's timetable for 
Israel (Daniel 9:24ff). Let it be observed, first, the 
purpose for the specifying a time of 490 years, i.e., 
the things to be accomplished in the specified time. 
They are: (1) To finish the transgression; (2) To 
make an end of sins; (3) To make reconciliation for 
iniquity; (4) To bring in everlasting righteousness; 
(5) To seal up vision and prophecy; (6) To anoint 
the most holy place. A volume could be written about 
these six great accomplishments. Do not forget that 
they have to do with Daniel's people alone. Israel was 
guilty of the great transgression against Jehovah, 
the rejection of the Prince of the house of David, 
in the person of the incarnate Christ. That will be 
"finished" — ended, when Israel returns to Him as 
a Nation at the "time of the end." Then as proph- 
esied by Isaiah, The deliverer shall come to Zion 
. . . and turn away ungodliness from Jacob . . . and 
take aivay their sins. 

Reconciliation for iniquity, as decreed, has been 
made on the cross. Caiaphas spoke the truth when 
he said, ". . . it is expedient for you that one man 
should die for the people, and the whole nation 
perish not." 

Then, everlasting righteousness will be brought in 
by Him who will appear on the clouds of heaven, and 
will Sum up all things in Christ, and usher in the 
Dispensation of the fulness of the times (Matt. 24: 
30; Eph. 1:10 A.S.V.). 

How "vision and prophecy" have been ridiculed by 
the theological liberals. One has written a book on 
Daniel titled, Daniel in the Critic's Den. But the 
Lord will one day finish the vindication of vision and 
prophecy so often quoted by Jesus in the days of His 
sojourn, and put the seal of heaven upon them. When 
the end is come — the end of the decreed age; and 
the millennial temple is complete, then will be 
anointed the holy of hohes, never again to be de- 
filed by Israel. 



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i 

retr^ren 
Youth 
yrusaders 



NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL 

Our Washington Junior High elected officers in No- 
vember and they are: 

President Dale Fields 

Reporter and Vice President . .Bill Brady 

Secretary Ginger Elevens 

Assistant Secretary Janet Elevens 

Treasurer Larry Wood 

The Junior High had a leaf-raking party on No- 
vember 7. We earned $10. A second such event was 
held on November 21. Our class goal is $50. May the 
Lord be with each and every one as they work for 
Derby. 

Bill Brady, reporter 



BEV'S 
BLAB 



As you read this article, I will be on my way to 
California District Conference including the Manteca, 
Lathrop and Stockton Brethren Churches. The Con- 
ference this year is at the new 'Stockton Church where 
Rev. H. William Fells (my former pastor) is now 
serving. If The Brethren Evangelist should reach you 
a little late, I will already be in Conference sessions 
for they begin on January 13. 

I will be traveling with John Porte (our Field Sec- 
retary) and his wife, Eleanor. We will be making 
stops on the way out to California and on the way 
back to visit Brethren Churches in the mid-west, 
central and southwest areas of the United States. 

When we make our stops in the churches, we will 
be presenting a program entitled "The Mission of the 
Brethren Church" which includes the total work of 
the Brethren Church. 




. . . COME IN TUCSON! 

The new advisors for the 1964-65 year are as fol- 
lows: 

Senior Youth Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gayman 
Mr. and Mrs. Conway Craft 
Junior Youth Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Cook 

Mr. and Mrs. Bob McKinney 

Our schedule of programs up through the first of 
the year has included such events as: Saturday eve- 
ning our Senior Youth was invited to the home of 
the Jasper Price's by the Tempe Youth Group for 
a Halloween party. Good fun and fellowship were 
enjoyed by all. We had our BYC Thanksgiving Din- 
ner at the Fellowship Hall on November 21. The film 
"Giving Thanks Always" also helped prepare us for 
the Thanksgiving holidays. 

The Senior Youth and the Tempe Youth had a 
retreat on Mt. Lemmon, November 27-29. 

Our Christmas candlelight program for the eve- 
ning of December 24 included a play "Why the Chimes 
Rang." Caroling was also a part of our activities (dur- 
ing the Christmas Season. 

Our theme for January is Exploration. We are pre- 
paring ourselves for the Evangelistic services to be 
held starting on January 24 and ending on Sunday 
evening, January 31. The Tempe Youth and our Youth 
are going to have a part in the program on January 29. 

Bill Gayman 



GARBER THANKSGIVING 

The three youth groups of Garber Brethren Church 
presented a Thanksgiving eve program on November 
25. 

A choral reading of Psalm 100 opened the program, 
Betty Marker led in the Thanksgiving hymns, John 
Brown and Doyle Hoverstock sang "We Gather To- 
gether," and Janet Summy read the first Thanks- 
giving Proclamation given by President Washington. 
Pastor H. H. Rowsey presented the message, "Your 
Thanksgiving Proclamation" after a season of our 
sharing things for which we were thankful. 

The program closed with our offering of thanks for 
the new Massillon church which is being built pres- 
ently. Randy Dull and Bobby Fowler served as ushers 
for the offering. 

Beverly Summy 
Garber Youth Director 



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BIBLE QUIZ REVIEW 

Perhaps it would be good to review the rules for the 
Bible Quiz and please notice a new addition to the 
rules listed at the end of this article. 

QUIZMASTER — should be taken from lay or pastoral 
personnel of the Brethren Church. 

QUESTION'S— one contest shall consist of 25 ques- 
tions with 5 extra questions permitted if needed to 
break a tie in scoring. Any question given by the 
quizmaster shall be answered by the team who first 
indicates they have the answer. Either a light system 
or standing is recommended for recognizing a con- 
testant who wishes to answer a question. The light 
system will be used in the National Finals. 
SCORING — 10 points for a correct answer 

5 points off for an incorrect answer 
10 points maximum bonus after each team 
member, including the alternate, has answered one 
question correctly. This can occur only once in any 
given contest for each team. 
PERSONNEL — Quizmaster 

Judge — ^may be a timer or another 

person may be the timer 
Judge — may be a scorer or another 

person may be the scorer 
Judge. 
RULES — 5 points off for an infraction of the fol- 
lowing rules: 

1. Team members and alternate shall be lettered in 
the following manner: Each contestant shall 
wear a white card, 6 by 8 inches with one black 
block letter per card, using letters "A" through 
"D." Cards shall be worn in such a way as to be 
easily seen. 

2. All talking must cease upon signal of the quiz- 
master, possibly, use of the word "question." He 
will give the chapter, verse and then the ques- 
tion. 

3. There shall be no collaboration on any question 
of team members or the alternate. 



4. Each team must consist of three regular members 
and an alternate, with one memtoer being chosen 
by his fellow teammates as captain. Three mem- 
bers may participate with a 5 point penalty. 

5. The captain shall be contestant "A" and shall 
be the only team member who may dispute the 
opposing team answer, quizmaster or judges' de- 
cision (his teammates may ask him to dispute) 
and call for time outs. When any question or 
answer is in doubt or is disputed, judges must 
rule and their decision is final. Answers to all 
questions must be decided by the judges. 

6. Each team may have no more than three one- 
minute time outs per contest upon request of 
the captain. 

7. The alternate can replace any team member dur- 
ing a time out after reporting such action to the 
quizmaster. Any regular team member re-enter- 
ing the quiz must report such action to the quiz- 
master and assume his previous position. Any 
team member answering 10 questions correctly 
must be replaced by the alternate for the re- 
mainder of the quiz. 

8. Each contestant shall begin his answer within 
10 seconds after being recognized by the judges 
and shall complete his answer within 20 addi- 
tional seconds. Failure to do so results in an in- 
correct answer. 

9. Any contestant who breaks in on a question in 
the recognized manner must complete that ques- 
tion word for word and give his answer. If the 
answer is a direct Bible quote, it inust be given 
word for word. If a direct Bible quote is not de- 
manded, judges shall rule on the answer. 

10. The printed questions are for the use of youth 
spo7isors or adult workers with the quiz teams 
or contests only. At no time are the contestants 
bo have access to the questions and answers. (All 
contestants are strongly urged to study the com- 
plete book of the Bible being used in the quiz.) 

RECOMMENDATION'S : 

1. New or rephrased questions, in addition to those 
sent out for practice, be provided by the National 
Youth Board (after being edited by a qualified 
minister or panel) for use in the National contest. 
This is to avoid vague or controversial ques- 
tions or answers. 

2. Dual eliminations be held in District and Na- 
tional eliminations to provide more equal op- 
portunities for all teams. 

3. The King James version be the authority for 
the questions. 



SPECIAL NOTICE— new addition! 

A second alternate may be selected to fill the posi- 
tion of any regular member or first alternate who 
cannot attend the National Bible Quiz elimination. 
No changes can be made in winning District teams 
after District elimination and the names of the four 
persons composing the District winning team plus 
the second alternate shall be submitted to the Na- 
tional Youth Director before the National elimination 
and only four of those Ave can participate in the Na- 
tional eliminations. 



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Bible Study for February 



FAITH AND ITS PREREQUISITES 



by REV. J. E. BERKSHIRE 



Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, 
and so we believed (I Cor. 15:11). 



ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE proponents of faith 
in God and His Word was the one-time perse- 
cutor of His Son, Christ, and His believers. It cer- 
tainly is miraculous how such a man can be redeemed 
by the very Word he ridiculously severs from his own 
life, later to become an outstanding believer in that 
Word through faith. This prominent one of outstand- 
ing Christian character and behavior is the Apostle 
Paul. 

It was he who gave us the words of introduction, 
among other references, to the great statutes of faith 
found in this fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians. 
In this chapter, the apostle gives us a clear and full 
account of the Gospel which he preached. He also 
states the saving character of this Gospel to believers 
in verse 2, "keeping in memory what I have preached 
to you." This in full meaning; that they should not 
alone believe but so walk in what is to be believed. 
He relates the evidences of the resurrection of Christ 
in vs. 5-7. He then refers to his own vision of the 
Redeemer, in v. 8, which is the capping of that which 
captivates his abounding faith in his Master. After- 
wards, lie speaks of his own unworthiness, and the 
triumphs of divine grace to him and in him (v. 10). 
In all, he relates not to himself as a model for man's 
faith, but to Him of whom he wrote: For I knoio 
whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is 
able to keep that ivhich I have committed, unto him 
against that day (II Tim. 2:12b). Paul modestly re- 
fers to his abundant laJbors in the Gospel, and its 
success in attaining contact to hearts of would-be 
believers. Thus, we see readily how saving faith is 
produced. This, too, agrees with Romans 10:17; So 
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the 
word of God. 

Let us notice items which are' requisite to faith. 
There must be a testimony or declaration. There 
must be something to be believed. Now this testi- 



mony is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the record 
of God concerning His Son. This record presents 
to us God's Son in human flesh; as the mediator be- 
tween God and man. Thus, the apostle calls upon 
men to beheve in the Lord Jesus Christ. This for the 
purpose of men adapting a saving faith. Too, believe 
His word, there can be no saving faith without a 
walking faith, which is substantiated through be- 
lieving the Gospel of Christ. Yes, there must be some- 
thing to be believed. Again, this declaration refers 
to His Divinity, to His work; and to His being anointed 
for its execution. God's testimony also exhibits the 
death of Jesus as a sacrifice for sin. That He is the 
Lamb of God, having descended from the Father; 
that He was crucified, died and bore our sins. And, 
thus, all who come to God through Christ, shall not 
perish but have eternal life. This, then, briefly is 
the testimony, and is the first great essential requisite 
to faith. 

Second, the testimony must be published and made 
known. Men must hear it or read it. Hence, Christ 
sent His disciples with it to all the world, and to ev- 
ery creature. "So we preach . . ." Men cannot be ac- 
countable for the Gospel until they possess it. Wher- 
ever it comes, it is the imperative duty of man to 
hear it. To refuse to hear it is sin; to neglect it is 
to insure condemnation. Do we believers believe this? 
Is this not the duty of the believer first to believe 
with all his heart, then, go and tell to others that 
they, too, might have the joyous good news (the Gos- 
pel) ; that they, too, might escape condemnation 
through opportunity to accept this penetrating Gos- 
pel? "I called, but ye refused . . ." — may not only 
refer to the sinner, taut also to the professing Chris- 
tian who will not speak for his Christ at an opportune 
moment. God would induce us to loosen our still 
tongues as we exercise our walk of faith in Him (I 
Peter 3:15). 



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Third, there rnust be capacity in those who hear 
this Gospel to understand it. We must recognize that 
a pecuhar cast of mind is necessary to understand 
some branches of the sciences and other fields of 
study. Most fields of study require a special aptitude 
for comprehension in that pursuit. Hence, had the 
Gospel been given as a series of mathematical prob- 
lems, or metaphysical essays, only a few could have 
understood it. But the Gospel simply refers to two 
great facts in the history of Jesus Christ, and de- 
mands the belief of these, on the ground of the truth 
of the Gospel. Every person, therefore, of sane mind, 
however small in mental capacity, or unlearned, can 
understand this testimony without which faith could 
not be exercised. Hence, then, we see that it is es- 
sential to faith that there be a testimony brought 
and presented to minds of mankind everywhere. 

What is the nature of faith in which all men can 
have a share? It is clear that where the Gospel testi- 
mony is preached, it may be treated by some with 
indifference. Others may treat it with speculation, 
form peculiar opinions about it, and, thus, leave it. 
Others may listen with interest and embrace it. Now 
saving faith is the cordial belief in the Gospel. It 
is the belief ,of the heart; the act of the will and the 
affections. Thus, the faith that is real and comforting 
to the soul of man is distinguished and made mani- 
fest from all that is counterfeit. Have faith in God, — 
we are told in Mark 11:22. Let not your heart he 
troubled (let it not be afraid) : ye believe in God, be- 
lieve also in me . . ., we are told in John 14:1. These 
words are not counterfeit but can be trusted words 
of the Eternal given to men for their faith in Him, 
the Righteous One. These, among the host of other 
divine imparts from God, are those which confirm 
the belief of the heart and stir to action the will and 
the affections. 

Man is far off. He has wandered toward the regions 
of death. Faith in this case is coming to Christ; re- 
turning to the Lord; drawing near on the ground of 
His invitations and promise: "Him that cometh to 
me . . .;" "Come unto me all ye that labour . . .;" 
"Seek ye my face and live." Many others. 

Man is guilty. He is under the sentence of death, 
and purged by the avenger of His blood. God has 
[provided a city of refuge. To this he is urged to flee. 
He is assured the gates are open wide, and he has 
the word and oath of God to rely upon, that if he 
flies and enters he shall live. Believing this, the pas- 
sions of his soul are excited, and his whole heart 
moves swiftly to the hope set before him. He ex- 
claims: 

"Hide me, O my Savior, hide me, 
Till the storm of wrath is past. 
Safe into the haven guide, 
O, receive my soul at last." 

Man is diseased with the serpent sting of sin. He 
is on the verge of death. His drooping spirit is faint- 
ing within him. But the antidote is proclaimed. 
Christ is hfted up, and he is told to look— to look 
to the cross of Christ, to see the Lamb of God. As 
he does so he exclaims: 

"See there my Lord upon the tree, 
I hear, I feel, he died for me." 

Man is a moral wreck, floating on the ocean of life, 
ready to sink into perdition. Jesus is the lifeboat of 



mercy, comes near to him, and throws out the rope of 
deliverance. He is urged to lay hold of it; and with 
the earnest grasp of a person conscious of perishing, 
he does so, and is thus rescued from eternal misery. 

Man is lost; wandering in darkness on the moun- 
tain of ruin. He is exhorted by one he meets to call 
out for help, and that Christ is not far from him. 
He does so, believing in the suggestion of his friend 
in this moment of despair. He utters in loud exclama- 
tions of fear, "Lost, lost, lost!" and he unites with 
it, "Save, Lord, or I perish"; Jesus hears and delivers 
him from the destruction to which he was exposed. 
Now in each of these instances, you see how faith is 
the soul and spring of the movement of the sinner 
toward Christ. We see, too, the opposite principles 
working, that of presumption and indifference; the 
person exhorted to flee to the city of refuge with the 
avenger of blood in pursuit, if he presumes on his 
safety, he lingers, and is overtaken; or if he is in- 
different, he is involved in the same ruin. A mother 
once exclaimed to this writer, "I don't know what 
I would do if it were not for my faith." True, she 
was perplexed by problems of real nature. Upon 
cautiously approaching her with regard to that which 
she was trusting, she related that, "All will come out 
in the end." With no more attesting to the "Object 
of our Faith" than she manifested, certainly she pos- 
sessed a presumptious faith (if not an indifferent 
faith, and perishable), so thousands presume instead 
of exercising present faith; and thousands intend to 
do so at another time, and thus perish in their un- 
belief. 

We may ask, "What are the evidences of a ivalk- 
ing and believing faith?" These evidences are of 
two kinds: 

1. Those of which the believer, only, is conscious, 
and which, we shall call internal evidences of faith. 
This type produces hove. Fear and terror are annihi- 
lated. No longer dread and dismay is felt hanging 
over the soul. This encourages man to trust in his 
God. The hope of the righteous shall be glad7iess 
(Prov. 19:28a). Faith produces peace and joy. When 
thou liest doion, thou shalt lie doion, and thy sleep 
shall be sweet (Prov. 3:24). And these things lorite 
loe unto you, that your iour) joy may be (made) full 
(I John 1:4). This faith produces love. Man is led 
to work by and through love. The heart is set on 
Are by it. The love of God is shed abroad. "We love 
Him because He first loved us." 

2. Those which are visible to all men, and which 
are termed external. Faith produces humility and 
contrition. Man is now but dust; no self-exaltation, 
no self-vindication. Faith prostrates the mind before 
God, and real abasement will be visible to those 
around. Faith leads to a profession in Christ. He will 
be honored by the lips through the cross. We will not 
be ashamed to own Him and follow Him before men. 
Faith leads to practical godliness. It is seen in obe- 
dience to Jesus Christ, and evidenced in good works; 
walking in Christ and treading in His steps. Hence, 
faith is a holy principle. Hence, we preach the un- 
searchable truths of God, believing His birth, cru- 
cifixion, atonement, diety, resurrection, ascensiion and 
intercession for man; a prerequisite to the assurance 
of things hoped for (or proving, putting to a test), of 
things not seen. 



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Topic for February 



TAKE TBME TO LOVE 
Makes the World a Better Place 
in Which to Live 

by MRS. DORMAN RONK 



•"pHERE ARE SO MANY phases and interpretations 
1 of love. Tliinlt of the meanings given to the word 
"love" in these examples: "I just love that hat." "Do you 
promise to love, honor, and obey?" "See it now! Love in 
the raw!" "I love strawberries, but they give me a rash." 
Such a confusion of meanings. No wonder someone has 
difficulty in learning the English language! 

The love which we will consider has none of these 
earthly meanings. Neither will we consider the physical 
stages of love: the first "crush," puppy love, love for the 
opposite sex, or husband and wife love. This special 
love is the greatest, the most lasting, and the most im- 
portant thing in the world. 

Love is something about which we read, sing, think, 
but until we practice it, we cannot love. The more we 
practice, the more loving we become. Having a violin 
in the home does not make one a violinist. One must 
practice and work at it. Likewise with love, until we 
practice, we cannot love. 

In order to investigate this "supreme good," we will 
apply the usual questions of why, how, and when. So 
much has been and could be written about this marvelous 
subject, I hope my thoughts will be only the beginning 
for you. Your thinking and discussion will encourage 
your love. 

Why should we love? Why does love make the world 
a better place? 

This was Christ's first commandment: Thou shalt love 
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy 
soul, and with all thy mind (Matthew 22:37). Christ 
put such emphasis on our Heavenly Father because He 
knew love was the most important rule of life. 

When we love God we automatically have a higher 
set of morals than a person, or a community, or a coun- 
try, that does not love God. Our country was formed 
on Christian principles, and to an extent these prin- 
ciples are still the backbone of our government. Com- 
pare our country with a non-Christian government: free- 
dom of worship; hospitals; schools; homes for the aged; 
abundance of crops; and public health program. The bene- 
fits of our country are attributed to the faith of our 
forefathers, and the love they had for the Lord, their 
God. It is true our country has slipped from its firm 
foundation of Christian teaching, and perhaps that ac- 
counts for an increase in juvenile delinquency, a greater 
governmental debt, and more shattered nerves. When 
one generation, or two, or three neglect their love of 
God, the standards of life will decline. If our hearts are 
not filled with love for God, the vacancy will be filled 
with hate. 



Do you remember what else Christ said about love? 
The second commandment Jesus gave is Thou shalt love 
thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22:39). As we love 
ourselves! Some of us have a rather high opinion of our- 
selves, haven't we? 

It is easy to love our friends, those with whom we 
have fun, have common interests, joys and pleasures. 
We think that command is simple. But what about the 
family who has had misfortune, or is poor, or has a dif- 
ferent skin color, or the very rich, or the person we just 
can't stand. Love them! 

I have been acquainted with some who were difficult 
to visit with, who seemed to share no common interest 
with me, and who left me frustrated because of the un- 
pleasantness of meeting them. Finally, I began to pray 
for them and myself. "Help me, O Lord, to know them, 
to find some good in them, and help me to help them and 
to love them. They and I are your children." I prayed 
this prayer when I knew we would be in the same place, 
or when I saw them coming down the street. The Lord 
helped me, and I began to look for them, to make op- 
portunities to toe with them. This help and concern de- 
veloped into Christian love. 

I may never know, but I am sure that I annoy others. 
I hope those persons pray for me, so we may share our 
love in Christ with each other. If we find it difficult to 
love someone, think how much more difficult it is for, 
God to love us, and yet He does. God so loved the world 
that He gave His only Son — the greatest gift of all. 

When the Good Samaritan stopped at the roadside 

to help the injured man, he broke down the barriers 

of hate and prejudice. He gave first-aid, then took him 

to an inn and paid for his care and lodging. He took 

time to love. Perhaps John Greenleaf Whittier had this 

Good Samaritan in mind, when he wrote these words, 

which have been set to music by W. C. Morson: 

"O Bi'other Man, fold to thy heart thy brother; 

Where pity dwells, the love of God is there; 

To worship rightfully is to love each other, 

Each smile a psalm, each kindly deed a prayer." 

How can we love? 

There are innumerable ways to let someone know we 
love them. In one thirty-minute span today I heard 
these: "We have ordered a Christmas tree for you; when 
shall we have it delivered?" "Hm^m-m hamburgers 
Good!" "Come over for supper Friday night. Be here 
by 6:00." "I love you. You're a good ole mommy." Lov£ 
in each instance? Of course. Granted, not every half-houi 
is so loving, but if we look for the good and the best 
we'll find it. 



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Love can be the card to the shut-in, the errands run 
'or a busy mother, the letter to a missionary, the monthly 
:heck to the over-seas orphanage, the fruit basket to 
:he sick, the smile for the stranger on the street, the 
"riendly greeting to the clerk in the store, the encourag- 
,ng words to the discouraged. We have just observed a 
jountiful Thanksgiving Day, the joyous Christmas sea- 
son, the beginning of a New Year, and now the love 
nonth of February and valentines. This four-month pe- 
!-iod has been easy to show our love for our neighbors. 
::an we continue — even foster and encourage — this love 
n March and April when the income tax returns are 
iue? We must even love the tax collector, although we 
•nay not approve of his use of our money. 

Our love for God must be expressed in love for other 
jeople. Like Jesus, we must go about doing good. The 
itory is told of a lady who worked in a children's home, 
lelping to care for the children. She took a small boy 
Dy the hand to see a painting of Jesus. "Who is that?" 
isked the boy. 

'That is a picture of Jesus. When He was on this 
!arth. He loved little children very much. He went about 
Joing good." 

Looking up into the woman's face, the boy said, "You 
nust be His sister, then." 

"Nobody will know what you mean by saying that 
God is love' unless you act it as well," Lawrence J. 
Tacks has said. There are different ways of serving God, 
)ut it is the same Lord who is served. "He that would 
)e great among you," said Christ, "let him serve." We 
nust give and not get. Paul quoted Jesus in Acts 20:35, 
vhen he said. It is more blessed (more happy, more 
ovlng) to give than to receive. 

We are all individuals, and different, but we are all 
5od's children. By realizing these differences, we can 
iccept other's faults and our own, and our actions will 
le governed by love. We must strive to think more of 
thers than ourselves. As Philippians 2:4 reads: Look 



not every man on his own things, but e^'ery man also 
on the things of others. 
When can we love? 

Anytime, all the time. You're too busy? Take the time. 
Stop and send that card, or make the phone call. Let 
someone know you are concerned about him. It seems 
easier to share with another when all is well with our- 
selves — a sunny day, and the necessary home work ac- 
complished. But sharing with another when we are 
over-burdened is best. Days when we are filled with 
self-pity must be turned in sharp reverse. When our 
thoughts are ingrown, we breed hate, greed, selfishness, 
pride, and unhappiness. This advice is offered by Henry 
Drummond: "Instead of allowing yourself to be so un- 
happy, just let your love grow as God wants it to grow; 
seek goodness in others, love more persons more; love 
them more impersonally, more unselfishly, without 
thought of return. The return, never fear, will take care 
of itself." 

Henry Drummond has also written a treatise on the 
love chapter, I Corinthians 13. His book is entitled The 
Greatest Thing in the World. His explanation of love is 
valuable food for tliought, and chasers to our doldrums. 
The following outline is one of the important pages from 
his book (I Corinthians 13:4-6): 
"Love has nine ingredients: 

Patience Love suffereth long. 

Kindness And is kind. 

Generosity Love envieth not. 

Humility Love vaunteth not itself, is 

not puffed up. 

Courtesy Doth not behave itself un- 
seemly. 

Guilelessness Thinketh no evil. 

Unselfishness Is not easily provoked. 

Sincerity Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but 

rejoiceth in the truth." 
It is when we love that we succeed. It is when we 
fail to love that we fail completely. 



Special Study 
Brethren Missions in Review 

THE HISTORY OF BRETHREN MISSIONS 

1708 — 1880 



DURING the coming months, our study of "Breth- 
ren Missions in Review" will be concerned with 
he actual history of missions within our church 
rom the time of its inception until the present day. 
lost of the material we will be using was compiled 
y Mrs. Ida Lindower at the time she was serving as 
.dministrative Assistant for the Missionary Board. 
iTe are grateful to her for her efforts and to the 
ioard for permission to use this material. 
Any attempt to trace the history of missions in 
ae Brethren Church must necessarily begin with 



the German Baptist group which originated in 
Schwarzenau, Germany, in 1708. 

Although the group grew out of the Pietistic move- 
ment in protest against corruption in the church, 
meaningless formality, and lack of appeal to personal 
faith, paradoxically, for a while the very impulse 
to correct these fallacies hindered missionary effort 
which is so vital to spirit-filled Christians. Extremes 
of beliefs and practices among these early Brethren 
led to general confusion and bewilderment. Intol- 
erance among those who differed — even those seek- 



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ing the new and better way — resulted in cruel per- 
secution. Men were so occupied with discovering and 
maintaining new beliefs and theories that they ne- 
glected the great commission delivered to all be- 
lievers. 

These ardent believers did win some converts to 
their faith; in fact so numerous in comparison with 
other groups as to cause jealousy by reason of their 
following; nevertheless, their differences among 
themselves produced discord and lack of full fellow- 
ship 'Which is so essential to productive ministries. 

In 1719, the first of the group emigrated to America, 
where they settled at Germantown, near Philadelphia. 

The first five years in a new country produced no 
appreciable missionary effort. For a while, these 
Christians were so completely occupied with economic 
problems, establishing homes, etc., that little effort 
was made. The Brethren settled in various areas and 
became isolated from one another. Hence, in 1722, 
because of their widely-scattered condition, several 
men, headed by Peter Becker, visited the separated 
Brethren and organized them into a church. On 
Christmas Day, in 1723, the first baptism was held 
in this country. In 1724, a missionary party, under 
Becker's leadership, set out to visit Brethren in re- 
mote areas to bring them under organized spiritual 
influence. 



For 47 years, there were no churches for these pe( 
pie but they met in homes built to accommoda' 
groups for worship. 

From 1790, until 1825, the Brethren moved into ne 
territories — Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Ii 
diana, Illinois and farther west. Other families moi 
ing into the same new country, joined the group unt 
large numbers of pioneer families were identified wit 
the Brethren faith. 

In 1860, a missionary program was presented ■ 
Annual Meeting, but the Civil War proved to be a d( 
terrent to those plans; then in 1880, a general Mi; 
sion Board was formed. Members of that first boai 
were: James Quinter of Pennsylvania; S. T. Bosse: 
man of Ohio; James Leedy of Indiana; Enoch Etay < 
Illinois; and Daniel Brubaker of Iowa. The state 
purpose of this new group was (1) Preaching tl 
Gospel; (2) Assisting in building of meeting house 
It was recommended that every church member gii 
one cent or more per weSk to support the movemen 

Missionary work was first carried on in Denmar 
iSweden, and Germany, with a total annual disburse 
ment of $3,500; however compulsory military trail 
ing in Sweden induced many converts to the ne 
faith to leave their country for America. 

Next month, our history of Brethren missions wi 
include the year 1880-1939. 



INTERPRETING THE NEWLY REVISED 
STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE 

Rev. Jerry Flora 

Part VI 



TN THIS FINAL installment we come to the matter 
of the Sunday school's relationship to the church. In 
former years the relationship was expressed in the words 
"church and Sunday school," as if they were two sep- 
arate organizations — and, tragically, they sometimes 
were. Today the relationship is expressed in the words 
"the Sunday school of the church," or "the church and 
its school," or "the church school." The Sunday school 
is simply the church organized to do its work of evan- 
gelism, education, and service. The Sunday school is 
operated and controlled by the church. 

1. Have a Board of Christian Education composed of 
the pastor, superintendent, and other members elected by 
the congregation. (3 points) The body which is directly 
responsible for the church's school is the Board of Chris- 
tian Education, just as the Board of Deacons is respon- 
sible for the church's spiritual life and the Board of 
Trustees is responsible for the church's tangible assets. 
Whether called a cabinet, council, committee, or board, 
this group is just as important in the life of the church 
as the Official Board. The work of this group is to set 



the policies by which the church's school operates, t 
plan and correlate the program of the school and r( 
lated activities, and to direct its operation in the bes 
interests of Christ's work on the local level. Consu 
the chapter in Our Church Guidebook on the Board ( 
Christian Education for a good discussion of these ma' 
ters. 

2. The Board of Christian Education shall appro\ 
or appoint all teachers and assistants. (2 points) Th 
Board has the authority to determine what shall qualif 
a person to teach in the church's school — and thei 
should be specific, published standards. Teachers shoul 
be chosen by the Board (or, if elected, they should t 
approved by the Board) in keeping with these stanc 
ards. No one has the right to teach God's Word unles 
he can qualify by his life and by his learning in tha 
Word. 

3. The Sunday school superintendent shall present 
written report of Sunday school activities to all congrc 
gational business meetings. (2 points) Lest the Boai 
of Christian Education get out of hand, its work is to I 



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■eported by the superintendent to the church. It is im- 
jortant that the report not be generalized, vague state- 
nents, tout that it be specific. Writing it out aids in 
his, as well as making it possible for it to be entered 
n the minutes of the business meeting or filed with them. 
Requests from the Board of Christian Education to the 
:hurch should be presented at the congregational busi- 
less meeting by the general superintendent. 

4. The Sunday school shall observe the following spe- 
ial days and occasions: (a) Rally Day or National Sun- 
lay School Week; (b) Promotion Day; (c) National Fam- 
ly Week; (d) Children's Day or Vacation Bible School 
ilosing program. (1 point lor each) Both National Sun- 
Jay School Week and National Family Week are spon- 
I'ored by the National Sunday School Association, and in- 
ormation and specially prepared materials may be ob- 
;ained by writing to them at 175 North Franklin Street, 
Chicago, Illinois 60606. 

Promotion Day and Rally Day are usually held in the 
'all around the close of September and the beginning of 
Dctober. However, some schools are promoting their 
lasses in order to capitalize on this in the minds of the 
jhildren. National Sunday School Week is the last week 
n September, National Family Week is the first week in 
May and always ends on 'Mother's Day, and the Children's 
Day is the second Sunday in June. Only four points may 
DC scored for this goal. Thus, if your school observes both 
=lally Day and National Sunday School Week, this still 
:ounts as only 1 point. 

A perfect score on the newly revised Standard of 
Excellence is impossible, for there is no maximum num- 
Der of points. It will be an exceptional school, however, 
that can score 100 points. A special certificate will be 
iwarded to every school reaching 70 points or more 
It the close of the grading year. Schools scoring 90 and 
ibove will be ranked as "A" schools; those scoring 80- 
B9, "B" schools; and those scoring 70-79 will be desig- 
nated "C" schools. A specially engraved plaque will be 
awarded to the school with the highest total score, for 
it will be— as nearly as can be judged from reports— 
the best Sunday school in the Brethren Church for the 
year. 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 



WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO 
Senior Citizens Honored 

THE FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH of West Alex- 
andria, Ohio, was the scene of the special service 
of recognition for the senior citizens on Sunday morn- 
ing, October 25, in the 10:30 worship hour. Forty- 
four goldenagers from the West Alexandria area were 
present. Each was presented a lovely white carnation 
and seated in the special section reserved for the 
honored guests. 



The pastor. Rev. Herbert K. Johnson, spoke on 
the theme, "The Last of Life is the Best," in which 
he declared that we are as old, not as our arteries, but 
as our attitudes. Life is a process, not a finished 
product. It isn't the longevity, but the fullness of 
life that counts and happiness in old age depends 
upon the conduct of our youth. 

Old age does not begin with a certain birthday. 
Rather, you may toe old at forty and young at eighty. 
But you are genuinely old at any age if you feel old; 
if you feel you have learned all there is to learn; 
if you find yourself saying, "I'm too old to do that;" if 
you feel tomorrow holds no promise; if you take no 
interest in the activities of youth and if their banter 
irks you; if you long for the good old days — feel- 
ing they were the best; if you will not help your 
neighbor, friends, and community; and if you would 
rather win an argument than be right. 

The pastor concluded his message with the ques- 
tion, "How can one grow lovely growing old?" He 
then answered with these words: "Be much with Jesus 
in the closet of prayer and drink much at the foun- 
tain of His optimistic and hopeful teaching." 

The choir sang the beautiful anthem by Stewart 
Landon, "Sing and Bless the Lord." Mrs. Martha Mil- 
ler was the lorganist. 



DUTCHTOWN. IND. 

OUR RALLY DAY was observed Sunday, October 
18, with a fine attendance recorded. Because of 
our building program which is in progress, we were 
unable to have our noon meal at the church. We en- 
joyed a bounteous carry-in dinner at the Oswego 
Community Center with well over 100 in attendance. 
Our afternoon program was a musical program by 
the Kings Witnesses, a mixed quartet, from near Elk- 
hart. There was no evening service. 

On Sunday evening, November 29, the Dutchtown 
Brethren dismissed local services to join with the New 
Paris Brethren for evening worship. Rev. Pontius 
brought the message. A baptismal service was held 
following the worship service with four people being 
baptized by Rev. Pontius and four by the New Paris 
pastor. 

Mrs. Robert Webster 



FALLS CITY. NEBR. 

HOMECOMING and Rally Day was held on Sunday, 
October 4, 1964, with Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, Dean 
of Ashland Theological Seminary, as guest speaker. 
A covered dish dinner was held at noon, followed by 
a very enjoyable program. One of the highlights of 
the program was the reading of letters from friends 
and former members of the church. 

A three-part filmstrip of Evangelism is being en- 
joyed each Thursday night, as an aid to our revival 
service to be held November 1-12. 

A very beautiful and impressive Holy Communion 
service was held October 18. 

On Thursday, October 29, we held a "Vigil of Prayer" 
at the church from 7 A.M. to 11 P.M. Many partici- 



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pated in this Day of Prayer for our church and re- 
vival services, to be held November 1-12, vifith Rev. 
Herlaert Gilmer in charge, assisted by our pastor. Rev. 
Robert Holsinger. 

Mrs. F. P. Schroedl 
Corresponding Secretary 



ROANOKE. BNDIANA 

THE RECENTLY REMODELED and refurnished 
sanctuary of the First Brethren Church was 
dedicated in services Sunday, November 1. 

The services on that day also commemorated the 
annual Homecoming observance of the church. The 
regular morning service was held, followed by a bas- 
ket dinner at noon and afternoon services honoring 
the occasion. 

Rev. Virgil E. Meyer of Ashland College was the 
guest speaker for the afternoon services. 

The extensive remodeling program, completed at 
a cost of $10,000 was begun in July when the old seats 
and the rostrum were removed with the aid of the 
congregation of the church. 




Jerry Kreienbrink served as contractor for the 
work which included construction of a new altar on 
the east end of the church. Previously, the altar was 
placed across the southside of the sanctuary. 

New hardwood oak flooring was laid, as well as new 
carpeting in a shade of green. 

Twenty new pews, purchased from Endicott Church 
Furniture, Inc., of Winona Lake were installed in Sep- 
tember. Seating capacity remains about the same with 
the ten rows of cushioned pews seating approximately 
160 people. 

Verne Gast of the Endicott firm was architect for 
the remodeling. 

During the remodeling program, the basement of 
the church was utilized for worship services. 

The first service held in the completed sanctuary 
was September 13. 

This is the first remodeling program at the church 
since its construction in 1908. The first dedication 
was in 1909. 



Working on the planning were trustees Walter 
Humke, Wayne SchoefE and Lionel Kreamer. The com- 
mittee appointed to work with the trustees was Robert 
Zent, Rex Zent, and Marion Kramer, who were as- 
sisted by other members of the congregation. 

Gilbert Dodds, registrar of Huntington College, has 
been named to serve as pastor of the Roanoke First 
Brethren Church. 

Mr. Dodds, who began his duties with Huntington 
College the first of September, preached his first ser- 
mon at the local church Sunday, September 13. 

There were 112 listed in attendance for Sunday 
School on November 1. The new sanctuary was filled 
for all meetings. 

Rev. C. C. Grisso, 82 years young, and his wife were 
present for the day. He had served as interim pastor 
of the Roanoke church in the fifties. 

The dedication service for the sanctuary and the 
pastor's chair, which was given by friends in memory 
of Mrs. Alice Zent, was held in the afternoon. Special 
music was furnished by the music committee and 
guests. 

Miss Jane Zent 
Rev. Gilbert Dodds 



CARLETON, NEBR. 

AFTER MAJOR SURGERY and an enforced rest 
of three weeks. Rev. Sylvas Flora has again taken 
up his work as pastor of the Bethel Brethren and 
Carleton Brethren Churches. 

On August 30, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bonin were or- 
dained to the office of deacon and deaconess of tht 
Carleton Brethren Church. Rev. Robert Holsinger 
Falls City, Nebraska, conducted the ordination ser- 
vices assisted by Rev. Flora, and preached the or- 
dination sermon. 

Mrs. Lauren Lietsct 
Secretary 



JOHNSTOWN II, PA. 

RIDING through the western Pennsylvania moun- 
tains caused me to reflect upon my nine day; 
at Johnstown. During my visit with the people of the 
Johnstown Second Brethren Church I learned much 
Johnstown is a city with a rich history. The peoplf 
of the church are a faithful, cooperating, and pro- 
gressive Christian congregation. The pastor and fam- 
ily are a devoted, dedicated and hard working, con- 
scientious family. I learned also, through several hour; 
of physical labor, of the progress and plans for the 
new Pennsylvania District Camp near Berlin. Thei 
have a good start in a lovely area and they are work- 
ing hard to get the site ready for future summe: 
camps. The district is to be commended in this for- 
ward movement and the Laymen, too, for their time 
and hard work in getting buildings ready. 

Our Evangelistic services, Sunday, October i: 
through Sunday, October 18, were well-attended. Ii 
fact, they equalled their high 1964 Easter attendance 
on the first Sunday. Various organiations were rec- 
ognized throughout the week and everyone contrib- 
uted in some way to the success of the meetings. Rev 



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Charles Lowmaster had worked faithfully in prepa- 
ration for the meetings and all was in high gear. It 
was a pleasure also to have visiting pastors and wives, 
Rev. and Mrs. Jerry Radcliff and Rev. and Mrs. Hen- 
ry Bates, in attendance. 

The fine memories of this meeting will be long- 
lasting. The three young men who made their con- 
fession are this week attending the church mem- 
bership class taught by Rev. Lowmaster. The fine hos- 
pitality and new Christian friends of Johnstown Sec- 
ond Brethren Church will long remain as a mountain 
top experience of Christian fellowship for me for years 
to come. 

With such a fine, spiritual, talented and willing 
congregation, this church should continue to go for- 
ward in the Lord's work and worship. 

Eugene J. Beekley 



NAPPANEE, IND. 

A SERIES OF REVIVAL MEETINGS was held at 
the Nappanee Brethren Church by the under- 
signed during the week of November 2-8. The gracious 
warmth and loyal response of the Nappanee Breth- 
ren was greatly appreciated and is a wonderful asset 
to the work there. I was impressed with the reading 
and study habits of the people. The attendance was 
excellent as three young people gave command of 
their lives to the Master and another renewed her 
pledge to Him. The Light and Life Campaign empha- 
sized a better understanding and appreciation of the 
chief doctrines of our faith. Time and eternity will 
record the final results. Thanks for letting me share 
your fine fellowship at Nappanee. 

Rev. Charles Lowmaster 



I 



PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 
CAMP 

by Rev. Robert Hoffman 

Vice President- of the 
Camp Board of Trustees 



SATURDtAYS for the past several months at the 
site for the Brethren Church Camp at Meyers- 
dale, Pennsylvania, have been busy ones as the initial 
phase of work for construction of camp facilities has 
been undertaken. To date, all work has been of the 
volunteer nature, as workers have come from the 
various churches. There are twenty-three churches 
in the Pennsylvania District at this time. 

The camp site consists of 100 acres, more or less, 
according to the deed, and is in a natural setting of 
special beauty in southern Somerset County. 




Under the direction of Percy Constable, of the Sec- 
ond Brethren Church of Johnstown, work is going 
forward on the lower portion of the barn. The barn is 
being renovated to be used as a chapel, and as an 
arts and recreation center. In one end, a huge fire- 
place is planned to provide a bit of heat and to create 



an atmosphere for small and informal meetings of 
this nature. The stable portion of the barn is being 
turned into a crafts center. To date, the front and 
rear walls have been removed. This in itself was a 
job of major proportion, because it took approximately 
twenty-five men two Saturdays to complete the job. 
At this writing, the two walls are almost completed 
with twelve-inch building blocks. The end walls were 
left to preserve the stone wall effect. Three four-by- 
eight foot windows have been placed in the front wall 
to provide ample light for camp activities. 




Plans call for the outside work to be completed 
on the chapel before winter sets in. The outside walls 
will be covered with Homesote siding, and the upper 
floor will be constructed of wood. The basement area 
will have a cement floor. 

The Camp Board of Trustees consists of the follow- 
ing men: President, Rev. Charles Lowmaster, Johns- 
town; Vice President, Rev. Robert L. Hoffman; Secre- 
tary, George Fisher; Treasurers, Paul Bird and 
Charles Berkshire. 

Presently, there are eight ponds on the land. Plans 
call for two of the larger ponds to be thrown to- 
gether to provide a large area for boating and fishing. 
A separate swimming pool is planned near the large 
dam in the future. Other facilities such as play areas 
and parking facilities are included in the long-range 
camp planning program. 



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Searching the Psalms 

PSALM 91 



by RALPH L. FAIRBANKS 




DID YOU EVER wonder how some people live such 
a successful life? Haven't you often wondered 
what the secret to their success is? Of course you have. 
You must stoip to realize there are many different se- 
crets to success, but let us look for just one secret 
in this ninety-first Psalm. The writer of this Psalm 
gives us some clues of what his secret has done for 
him, and instructs us to use his secret. 

We find this person shall abide under the shadow 
of the Almighty. In other words, he shall And shelter 
or refuge by simply placing his complete trust in the 
Almighty. But, this is not the "secret" we are look- 
ing for. It is a result of his "secret." This word trust 
is often referred to as "faith." The word "faith" is 
best defined in Hebrews 11:1, but must become a 
living experience in order to be understood. But, this 
is not the "secret" we are looking for. Let us look at 
more clues. 

Deliverance. Yes, this writer praises the Lord for 
his deliverance from those who would lure him to 
moral and spiritual decay. Also, because the Lord 
is his refuge, he is protected from the evil tempta- 
tions that shall come before him. In other words; 
many things or situations that would tempt the or- 
dinary person, this person has the power to overcome. 

This persion, also, realizes he must educate himself 
in God's Word. "His truth shall be thy shield and 
buckler." Yes, we must allow God to talk to us through 
His Word. Also, let us read II Timothy 2:15. Study 
to sheiv thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word 
of truth. 

We have mentioned a few of the results of the 
"secret," and now let us find the secret. I believe, 
we find the answer in the last three verses and the 
first verse. Because he hath set his love upon me, 
therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, 
because he has known my name. He shall call upon 
me, and I loill answer him: I loill be luith him in time 
of trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With 
long life loill I satisfy him, and shew him my salva- 



tion. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the 
most High shall abide under the shadow of the Al- 
mighty. 

Let us look at Matthew 6:6, But thou, lohen thou 
prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut 
thy door, pray to thy Father which is In secret; and 
thy Father which seeth in secret shall reioard thee 
openly. I believe one of the "secrets," and in this 
case the "secret," is private prayer (talk) with the 
Lord. This is not to say or imply that we are not to 
pray in public. However, we do have the command to 
talk to God in private. Also, a part of the secret, I be- 
lieve, is the time and the place. This is so that no 
one person{s) or thing(s) can interrupt our oonver- 
sation with the Almighty. 

Jesus spent much time alone in secret or private 
prayer with His Father in order to have the physical 
strength needed, and in order to know the Father's 
will for His life. If Jesus needed this, how much more 
do we need this for our lives? 

In closing I should like to quote from two hymns: 

"Alone." "It was alone the Saviour prayed In dark 
Gethsemane; Alone He drained the bitter cup And 
suffered there for me." 

The second hymn is by Harry D. Loes which he 
titles, "All Things in Jesus." 

"Friends all around us are seeking to find What 
the heart yearns for, by sin undermined; I have the 
secret, I know where 'tis found: Only in Jesus true 
pleasures abound. All that I want is in Jesus; He 
satisfies Joy He supplies; Life would be worthless 
without Him, All things in Jesus I find." 

The secret is a private talk with God in a secret 
place at a secret time. Have you got a secret? I've 
got a secret. 

Ralph Fairbanks, our author of this study, is a 
member of the developing Brethren Church at Mans- 
field, Ohio. He is teacher of the adult Bible class, 
member of the Board of Trustees and chairman of 
the building committee. 



January 9, 1963 



Page Twenty-one 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

INDIANA LAYMEN 
IN RETREAT 

•"pHE 1964 "edition" of the Indiana Laymen's Retreat 
1 was called to order by the State President, Charles 
Stump, Nappanee, on Friday, October 2, at Shipshe- 
wana Lake and the Brethren's Retreat. 

After some brief remarks, the laymen from Milford 
led in singing and the vesper devotions. 

President Stump then turned the program portion 
over to Rev. Glenn Grumbling. Their first feature 
was the Pastor's Chorus accompanied by Rev. John 
T. Byler. The "chorus" sang several numbers with 
an assist on the chorus by the assembly. 

Rev. Richard Allison then displayed a film featur- 
ing Evangelist Ford Philpot of Lexington, Kentucky. 
The major theme of the film was "Christian Testi- 
mony" by members of the Christian Athlete's Group. 
The testimony was followed by a brief message by 
the evangelist. 




Following this film. Rev. Herbert Gilmer took the 
group on a tour of Switzerland via a series of colored 
slides. Although the hour was growing late, the swift 
tour of Switzerland was appreciated and enjoyed by 
all. 

The next item of business was the coffee and ice 
cream clutch held in the hotel. 

At 7:30 A.M. on Saturday, October 3, the group met 
in the dining room of the hotel and were led in an 
interesting discussion by a layman from County Line, 
Everitt Gillis. An interesting and informative discus- 
sion from the book of Isaiah was then held. 

After a delicious breakfast, the group adjourned 
to the dormitory lobby where Rev. William Anderson 
umpired a nine-inning game of Bible Baseball between 
Skeldon's Yankees and Grumbling's Cardinals. The 
Cardinals left the field grumbling. 

At 10 o'clock, the group adjourned for recreation. 
State, district, and national officers met in an in- 
formal meeting until the noon hour. 

After the noon lunch period, the group gathered in 
the Laymen's Lodge around the fireplace. Rev. Wil- 
liam Skeldon, the new pastor of the Mishawaka church, 
brought an informative hour to the laymen on re- 
vival. 



Following the Bible lecture by Rev. Skeldon, the 
State President, Charles Stump, called the meeting 
to order for a brief business session. At 4 o'clock, the 
meeting was adjourned until the evening session of 
the retreat. 

At 6:30, the group was called to order again and 
the Ardmore Laymen led the group in the evening 
vesper devotions and music. The music featured 
some instrumental solos by Rev. William Cole, their 
pastor. 

The remainder of the evening was turned over to 
the talent night program featuring the laymen from 
the various churches. There was also a brief business 
session to set dates and time for the next meeting. 
The laymen left their 1964 retreat feeling that this was 
time well spent. 

Contrary to rumor, the meals were neither catered 
nor pot-luck! ! Our thanks to Joe Everitt and his good 
wife Rose, Mrs C. A. Sholly and Mrs. C. Stanley. 

J. W. P. 



WATERLOO, IOWA 

ON TUESDAY NIGHT, November 10, the laymen of 
the First Brethren Church of Waterloo held their 
monthly meeting with an attendance of 18. Among 
other things decided, we will sponsor a basketball 
team of boys of high school age, and continue support 
of "The Voice of the Brethren Church" over the Cedar 
Falls radio station every Sunday morning at 8:30. We 
have attained 75 per cent of our national goals. We 
enjoy following the laymen's programs as outlined in 
The Brethren Evangelist. We will have a roll call mem- 
bership of 45 or 50 men. Our new pastor. Rev. James 
Black, arrived on November 22, and moved into a 
newly-painted parsonage with clean drapes, thanks 
to the laymen. 

Robert W. Ziert, Secretary-treasurer. 



ST. JAMES. MARYLAND 

AT THE BEGINNING of the year just ended, we 
had sixteen memtoers in our local organization 
here at St. James. During the year, we received three 
new memberships and held eight regular meetings in 
homes. 

Some of the highlights of the year were: Special 
events Christmas party; public service, February 2; 
father-son banquet, March 11; Southeastern District 
Laymen's Rally in our church, April 11; and picnic, 
August 19. 

We have had a very busy year here and I trust other 
laymen organizations can say the same; for it is 
surely God's will that as Christian laymen we keep 
busy in His work. Could we submit some suggestions 
along this line: 

1. Visit the sick in homes and hospitals. Give spe- 
cial attention to those who are not members of any 
church. 

2. Take a more active part in the church services 
—Scripture reading, prayer and special music. 

3. We should try to enlist somebody each Sunday 
to attend services with us. 

Morris Petefish, Secretary 



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The Brethren Evangelist' 




FABRLESS HILLS - LEYITTOWN CHURCH 
A TEN DOLLAR CLUB CHURCH 



by REV. ROBERT KEPLINGER 



•"pHE BiRETHREN CHURCH of Palrless Hills- 
1 Levittown had its beginning on Sunday evening, 
January 5, 1958, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phil 
Nolte, 139 Kenwood Dr. N., Levittown, Pennsylvania. 
There were ten present from the immediate locality, 
three of whom were children; however, many friends 
from the Sergeantsville, New Jersey, Brethren Church 
attended, malcing our group a sizeable one. 

On May 2, 1958, we moved our Sunday evening ser- 
vices to the Fairless Hills Community Center. Then on 
Sunday, April 27, we began our Sunday School with 
twenty-three present and an offering of $10.76. It 
was on Sunday, September 7, that our Morning Wor- 
ship services were begun. 

The first pastor was welcomed on February 8, 1959, 
in the energetic person of Rev. Woodrow B. Brant. 
Very quiclily the Brethren Youth Crusaders were 
organized, and our first church officers were elected, 
and Prayer Meeting and Bible Study were started. Our 
Sunday School voted to assume the support of Timmy 
Solomon as our Junior Missionary, and we are still 
contributing toward his support. 

On March 15, 1959, we began to sign the Charter 
Membership Roll with seventeen signing it on the first 
day. Also, in March we observed our first Holy Bap- 
tism and our first Holy Communion. The first Vaca- 
tion Bible School was held in June. Then in July, 
because of laclc of space in the Community Center, our 
services were moved to the Fairless View School. The 
Charter Membership Roll was closed with a total of 
fifty-seven members signing it. 

The Woman's Missionary Society was organized in 
September of 1959. By November of that year we had 
eighty-four on the Sunday School roll and seventy 
Church members. 

The year of 1960 found the building site committee 
hard at work trying to find a suitable site on which 
to build our church. Our membership grew to eighty- 
one in 1960. 



The final papers for the purchase of approximately 
three and one-half acres of ground were drawn and 
signed on March 10, 1961. On June 4, the ground for 
the church site was dedicated and the groundbreak- 
ing ceremonies were held on September 17. The ac- 
tual construction of the church began in February 
1962, and the building was dedicated on June 24, 1962. 

We wish to acknowledge the Ten Dollar Club money 
which was used to purchase our church site. Also the 
support of the National Missionary Board and the 
Pennsylvania District Mission Board for the pastoral 
and building fund support. The Woman's Missionary 
Society of the Pennsylvania District have also given 
a very substantial amount of money to the work as 
well as the churches of the Pennsylvania District in 
their giving through the Pennsylvania District Mission 
Board. All of these gifts are deeply appreciated and 
the Brethren Church of Fairless Hills-Levittown, 
Pennsylvania, stands as evidence of the faith of many 
and the blessings of Almighty God. 

It was in October of 1962, that Pastor Brant left 
the work at Fairless Hills-Levittown to assume a work 
in Clovis, New Mexico. We were without a pastor un- 
til April of 1963, when the Reverend Robert L. Kep- 
linger assumed the pastorate. During the interven- 
ing months we were served by a young man, Rev. 
David Baughman, but the work suffered without the 
help of a full-time pastor. Upon the securing of a 
new pastor, it was necessary for this mission con- 
gregation to purchase a parsonage which they have 
done. It is located approximately two miles from the 
church at 29 Jadewood Road, Levittown, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

The canvassing of the immediate community was 
the first project undertaken by our new pastor and 
was begun by a Gospel Team from Ashland College. 
Over 1,000 homes had been contacted until the sur- 
vey was completed in late June. We are still reaping 
the harvest from the seed that was sown at that time. 



January 9, 1965 



Page Twenty-three 



riie first Daily Vacation Bible School held in our 
church building had an enrollment of one hundred 
and sixty-five and an average daily attendance of one 
hundred and twenty-eight. 

The membership now stands at 110. Several of our 
members live in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and in 
i eastern Pennsylvania, but the majority live within a 
t five mile radius of our new church. Our Morning Wor- 
I ship Services have averaged 102, and the Evening 
^ Services average 42, with an average of 16 for the 
i Midweek Services. 

1 Our Sunday School is organized into four depart- 
j ments — the Cradle Roll, Nursery-Beginner, Primary- 
Junior, and Youth- Adult Departments. We have twelve 
classes meeting with an average of 117. 

Our Brethren Youth is organized into four groups 
— ^Primary, Junior, Junior High, and Senior High. We 
also have organized a Signal Lights group, a Sister- 
hood of Mary and Martha, and a Boys' Brotherhood, 
along with the already organized Woman's Mission- 
ary Society. Just recently a Laymen's Organization 



was started. Our church has a Senior Choir and a 
Youth Choir, both with robes thanks to the many 
friends of the church. We are also enjoying the music 
of a Spinet Wurlitzer Organ, a gift to the church from 
Mrs. Wilma Bowman Robinson, given in memory of 
Mr. Phil Nolte. 

We are standing on the threshold of a great chal- 
lenge here in Levittown. We are the only Brethren 
Church in this entire locale. We are in an area of 
great potential. Our unified budget for 1964 totaled 
approximately $19,000, with the Pennsylvania District 
Mission Board supplying $8,000 of this, leaving us with 
$11,000, plus the retirement of the debt on our Sun- 
day School bus and the ever increasing need for more 
room for our growing church program. But we are 
confident that with the prayers of the Brethren peo- 
ple, the financial help of the Mission Boards, and our 
own concentrated efforts, combined with the guidance 
and direction of God through the Holy Spirit, we shall 
see great things accomplished for Christ in and 
through the Brethren Church of Fairless Hills-Levit- 
town. 



"Jtecu 7e^ T>Mci% (^iu& ^M 




The 17th Ten Dollar Club Call has just gone 
out, January 2, for the Fairless Hills-Levittown 
Church. They have a great need for expanded 
educational facilities and this second call for Fair- 
less Hills can help supply this need. 

With the present membership in the Ten Dol- 
lar Club being 1410, we could anticipate $14,100 
provided each member would make his contribu- 
tion. We remind you that this call will remain 
open until June 30, 1965. 



Beyond the definite facts stated above, we have a great potential in 
supporting the Ten Dollar Club as is offered here in simple mathematical 
form. 



There are 18,000 members in the Brethren Church. 

18,000 divided by 5 (5 being an average family unit) 
Brethren family units 



3,600 



Provided every family unit could realize the imperative need of our 
church extension program, we could realize as follows: 
3,600 X $20.00 (per year) = $72,000 

Therefore, each of the two calls would give $36,000 in assitance to build 
a new church or aid a church in re-location. 

It could be as simple as it appears here in mathematical equations, 
if each family would set aside $20.00 a YEAR. Think of the stupendous 
outreach of the Brethren Church — and your share is only $20.00 a year ! 



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THE VALBDITY OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH 
by Howard A. Hanke 




This is a thorough study of this doctrine and its relevance to 
modern man's theological need. The theory of evolution and the 
"scientific investigative techniques" get careful consideration. 
Scores of witnesses from many areas of life are called in for close 
questioning. From hundreds of sources this treatise brings into 
a compact form everything that is relevant to the doctrine of the 
Virgin Birth. 

From the mass of evidence thus gathered, the author presents an 
irrefutable thesis showing that this ancient doctrine is still valid 
and relevant to modern man's theology. 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Where Is the Gospel?" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Sunday School Suggestions 4 

Daily Devotions — January 24-30 5 

Children's Devotions — January 24-30 6 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 8 

Spiritual Meditations 8 

"Israel's Seventy Sevens" 
by Rev. Albert T. Ronk 9 

The Brethren Youth 10 

Sisterhood Program Materials for February . . 12 
Signal Lights Program Materials for February 17 
Progress Reports from Brethren Churches ... 19 

The Brethren Layman 20 

The Missionary Board 22 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 

MRS. U. J. SHIVELY PASSES AWAY 
FRS. U. J. SHIVELY, honorary president 
the Woman's Missionary Society, passed aw< 
on Thursday, December 31, 1964, at her home 
Nappanee, Indiana. Her funeral was conducted '1 
her pastor. Rev. William Anderson, on Monda 
January 4, in Nappanee. 

Mrs. Shively was national president of the 'V 
M.S. for many years. The Memorial Chapel { 
Ashland College campus was built by the W.M.I 
under her leadership in the early fifties. Tl] 
Brethren Church has lost a great leader in til 
passing of Mrs. Shively. 

There will be more later in The Brethren Evai 
gelist relative to Mrs. Shively. 



WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY— . 

WE ALSO EXTEND our sympathy to Mr. an 
Mrs. Richard DeVeny of Ashland, Ohio, dui 
to the death of Mr. DeVeny's mother of Waterlo 
Iowa, on January 4. 

Mr. DeVeny had just moved the previous weei 
to Ashland to assume the position of Shop Supei 
intendent in the Brethren Publishing Company an 
had spent only one full day at the office when h 
learned of the death of his mother. 

Remember to pray for these who mourn the pass 
ing of loved ones. 



PASTORS' CONFERENCE DATES 

ALL BRETHREN PASTORS should note th 
Pastors' Conference Dates for this sprinj 
The dates that have been set are at a later dat 
than in past years. 

The date of this Conference is May 4-6! Be sur 
to mark these dates on your calendar. 



NORTHEAST OHIO DISTRICT 
LAYMEN RALLY 

Mansfield, Ohio 

Johns Park 

Monday, January 25, 1965 

Speaker: James V. Will, Attorney 

Dinner: $1.50 

Reservations must be in 

by January 20 

Send reservations to: 

Mr. Frank Schroff 

116 Parkwood Blvd. 

Mansfield, Ohio 




luary 16, 1965 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



wkere Is 
the gospel? 



'HE FOLLOWING news item was received re- 
cently through the Evangelical Press Asso- 
tion news service: 

'Mankind will find its 'great society' only when 
n accept Christ and pattern their lives after 
v., Evangelist Billy Graham told a noonday 
'wd of over 5,000 at his annual Christmas visit 
the Pentagon in Washington, D. C. 
'Only the ray of light brought into the world 
Christ's birth, he said, can penetrate what 
ms to be an attitude of 'discouragement and 
isimism that has gripped many of our leaders.' 
'At a news conference in Washington, D. C, 
aham hailed advances in the ecumenical move- 
nt but cautioned any weakening of the Gospel 
the search for unity. 

' 'In all of our talk of union,' he told a press 
iference, 'there is danger that the vital truths 
the Gospel will be watered down to a mere 
;11.' 

' 'Theology,' he said, 'is the most important 
ng — more important than outward union of 
! churches. There is real danger that some of 
■ theology will become no more than a human- 
Lc ethic, depriving the Gospel of its real force.' 
'The evangelist praised the development of a 
istructive dialogue between protestants and 
man Catholics and declared that 'tensions' be- 
sen the Churches 'are far less than they have 
;n possible since the Reformation.' " 
i'essimism and discouragement have come to 
,ny because the Gospel of Christ is not being 
jached as it should be, neither is it being ap- 
3d to every day living. Christian living and the 
)rd of God are being watered down to the ex- 
it that many times there is no definite mes- 
re in that which is being presented from the 
[pits across Amei'ica. In modern theology books, 
sermons preached, there seems to be an in- 
igible philosophy relative to daily living that 
3S not relate itself to the living Gospel of Jesus 
rist. The element that is left out is the per- 
lal relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior. 



We hear and read so much about loving everyone, 
forgetting the evils around us, tending to our own 
business, don't speak out against the evil around 
us for we are not always perfect, etc., that the 
message of the Gospel is lost. 

Also, because of the talk of outward union of 
the churches, many are afraid to speak out for 
the Gospel for fear that someone might be hurt 
because of their particular beliefs, therefore, as 
Billy Graham has said, "our theology will become 
no more than a humanistic ethic, depriving the 
Gospel of its real force." This is exactly what is 
happening ! 

We ministers need to preach the Word of God 
as He has given it to us! We cannot afford to 
water it down with some vague philosophy which 
seems to be the rule of the day. Let us keep in 
mind that God will honor His Word! The Holy 
Spirit continues to work in the lives of men and 
women and they are convicted of their sin by Him 
through the preaching of the Word! 

In Romans 1 :16, we read : For I am not ashamed 
of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of 
God unto salvation to every one that believeth: 
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Our people 
today need to know the power of the Gospel in 
their lives ! Your Editor was in a service recently 
where the sermon was a very simple one on the 
plan of salvation; the sermon carried no deep 
thought in philosophy and high ideal living, but 
a very simple, powerful exhortation on the sin of 
the world and the need of the individual to find 
Christ. The Holy Spirit was present in that service 
and at the giving of the invitation, four found 
their ways to the altar of the church, weeping, 
repenting and accepting Christ. The power of the 
Gospel was in that service. 

We cannot afford to preach and teach some- 
thing that is foreign to the very Word of God. 
We must, as someone said to me recently, "stick 
to the Scripture in our preaching" so that the 
Holy Spirit may have a foundation on which to 
work in the lives of our people. S.G. 



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Linwood, Md. Rev. Hays K. Logan 
reports that three young men were 
baptized and received into the 
church on Sunday, December 27. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. The First Brethren 
Church in this city will celebrate 
its seventy-fifth anniversary this 
year. The church was organized 
on January 23, 1890; a charter was 
granted on September 8, 1891; the 
present building was dedicated on 
May 12, 1901; and the burning of 
the mortgage occurred on January 
23, 1920. The original membei's by 
relation from Conemaugh, Pa., 
were Mr. and 'Mrs. David Bole, Mr. 
and Mrs. Isaac Bole, Daniel J. Bole, 
and Rev. J. D. McFadden. Baptized 



on January 25, 1890, were: Mr. and 
Mrs. Harry Griffith, James Lavely, 
Misses Belle and Nettie Reynolds, 
Mrs. Ruth Mallory and Mrs. Mary 
Bana. This information was in a 
recent bulletin from Rev. W. S. 
Crick. 

Louisville, Ohio. Rev. George Solo- 
mon reports that eleven were re- 
ceived into membership of the 
church on Sunday, December 20, 
and one on the following Sunday. 

Milford, Ind. Rev. Frank Barker re- 
ports that four young couples be- 
came members of the church by 
baptism and reaffirmation of faith 
recently. Baptismal services were 
conducted on December 13 at the 



First Brethren Church in Na 
panee, Indiana. 



Memorials 

RASSI. Mrs. George (Joy) Ras; 

age 73, passed away on December : 

following a short illness. Funeral se 

vices were conducted by the unde 

signed in the First Brethren Chun 

of Milford, Ind. 

Rev. Frank Bark 
* * * 

ELLER. Mr. David C. Eller, a] 
91 years, passed away on Decemb 
27 at the Brethren's Home in Floi 
Indiana, where he had been a re; 
dent since 1946. He was a memb 
of the First Brethren Church, Floi 
Ind. 

■Memorials services were held i 
December 30 at the Brethren's Hon 
with Rev. Dyoll Belote and Rev. W, 
liam Livingston in charge. Funer 
services were conducted later at tl 
Carter Funeral Home in Flora wi 
Rev. William Livingston in charg 
Burial was in the Zion Cemetery. 
Mrs. Thelma Dougla 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



The Teacher and 
His Bible 

EVERY TEACHER of a Sunday school class should 
make constant use of his Bible as he teaches. He 
should keep it open before him either in his hand or on 
a stand. 

Having said this, it follows quickly that the teacher 
should know how to use his Bible with the pupils be- 
fore him. This, of course, begins with the teacher hav- 
ing an extensive knowledge of the Bible. He does not 
need to know all about the Scriptures, but a good working 
knowledge is essential. 

Then, he must work at the task of adding to his knowl- 
edge each day. The Lord left us the example of this 
knowledge of the Bible, for He was constantly using it 
for quotations, illustrations, and direction to those with 
whom He came in contact. 

He was so familiar with the Scriptures that He needed 
no help of concordance or index but could quote at will. 
He was so filled with its content that it literally per- 
meated His thoughts and found expression in His words. 



His style of speech was fashioned by the Scriptur 
which He used so frequently. 

In addition. He was careful in life to follow that whii 
the Scriptures taught. As we use the Scriptures, v 
must be careful that we make the application first 
our own lives. 

A reverent attitude toward the Scriptures, and a car 
ful use of them in the classroom will help our pupi 
to understand that we believe this to be God's Ho 
Word. 

Use your Bible instead of the quarterly when stan 
ing before your class. 

from the PROMOTE 

THE KIND OF TEACHERS GOD CAN USE 

Those who speak distinctly — the pupils will be betti 
listeners if they can undei'stand what you are sayin 
and will learn more if you impart life to your teachin 

Those who are zealous — you can never interest tl 
pupils until you are interested. If you are enthused aboi 
the lesson, they will be enthused. 

Those who know the contents of the lesson — nev< 
read the lesson to the pupils. Know it so that you ca 
make the lesson live. 

Those who are specific — have a definite lesson pla 
and an objective. If you aim at nothing, you will usual] 
hit it. Make every moment count for God. 

Those who seek to win the pupils to Christ — this shoul 
be your constant aim. Love them and pray for them. 

Those who give emphasis to the Bible as the Woi 
of God — remember, "So then faith cometh by hearin] 
and hearing by the Word of God." 

Sunday School Progref 



nuary 16, 1965 



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Daily Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIME" 
Theme for January — "BY GIVING YOUR TALENTS TO HIM' 

Writer for January — Bev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 
January 24-30 — "To Demonstrate the Reality of Faith" 



Sunday, January 24, 1965 

tad Scripture: James 2:14-20 
Even so faith, if it hath not 
)rks, is dead, being alone (James 
17). 

'I believe that Jesus Christ is 
e Son of the living God. I ac- 
pt Him as my Savior from sin, 
d promise to follow Him and 
ep His commandments all the 
ys of my life." This, in essence, 
the statement of confession, ac- 
ptance and faith by which a per- 
a becomes a Christian. This is 
r "faith." James says our faith 
"dead" if we have just faith 
me. Yes, we must put our faith 
;o action. With one hand in the 
nd of God (faith) , we must 
en express that faith with the 
ler hand (works) in serving our 
urch, doing what we can in His 
me, and helping others find that 
ith. We must truly demonstrate 
e reality of our faith by helping 
r fellowmen. The Gospel and 
iterial needs represents the per- 
:t combination of true help for 
lers. 

The Day's Thought 
Share your faith and your sub- 
ince with those who need both. 

Monday, January 25, 1965 

tad Scripture: I Peter 2:9-12 
Having your conversation hon- 
J among the Gentiles: that, 
lereas they speak against you as 
ildoers, they may by your good 
>rks, which they shall behold, 
nify God in the day of visitation 

Peter 2:12). 

Ministers, in talking with non- 
iristians and non-church goers 
out accepting Christ and attend- 
j church, frequently encounter 
)ries about the conduct of Chris- 
ms. These center on what the 
[Converted and non-church goers 
11 "conduct and conversation not 

keeping with the Christian pro- 
ssion." Unfortunately, too often 
is is true. Our manner of life 



should be such that when the Spir- 
it of God speaks to a wayward soul, 
he or she might remember the 
true conduct of our lives as Chris- 
tians, seek to follow, and thus find 
Christ. It is then that they shall 
be able to glorify God when He 
speaks to them. Make no mistake 
about it, others accept or reject 
Christ according as to how they see 
Christ in our lives. 

The Day's Thought 
May our "good works" cause 
others to glorify God. 

Tuesday, January 26, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 21:13-17 

The inhabitants of the land of 
Tema brought luater to him that 
loas thirsty, they prevented with 
their bread him that fled (Isaiah 
21:14). 

In times of war there are always 
the fugitives and refugees. Food 
and water are always at a pre- 
mium. We are to look with com- 
passion upon those who are in dis- 
tress, lacking food and water (and 
other necessities) , and act to re- 
lieve them with cheerfulness by 
means of what we have in abund- 
ance. This we are to do, for we do 
not know how soon we might be in 
the same situation, looking to 
someone else to relieve us in our 
hour of need. The fortunes of life 
are such that this is always a pos- 
sibility. Briefly, whosoever hath 
this world's goods and seeth his 
brother hath need — should supply 
that need by giving in the name 
of Christ, and thus demonstrate 
the love of God he professes to 
have in his heart. 

The Day's Thought 
"Love not in word or tongue, but 
in deed and truth." 

Wednesday, January 27, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-7 

The Lord God hath given me the 
tongue of the learned, that I should 
knoiv hoiD to speak a word in sea- 



son to him that is loeary: he 
luakeneth morning by morning, he 
loakeneth mine ear to hear as the 
learned (Isaiah 50:4). 

As Christians, we are often at 
a loss as to what to say to those 
who are in need, in sorrow, or dis- 
tressed. We know we'd like to say 
just the right thing, or even to do 
the thing that will help them the 
most. "If any of you lack wisdom, 
let him ask of God," is James' ad- 
monition for a time like this. God 
can give us the "learned tongue" if 
we learn to constantly walk in fel- 
lowship with Him. Our life will then 
be a flowing of His life through 
us into the lives of others. Before 
we can talk to others, we must be 
in the abiding fellowship of our 
Lord. We need to fill ourselves at 
the Throne of Grace before we can 
be a blessing unto others. "Believ- 
est thou this?" 

;rhe Pay's Thought 

Not from us alone, but from God 
through us to others. 

Thui-sday, January 28, 1965 

Read Scripture: Titus 2:11-14 

Teaching us that, denying un- 
godliness and iDorldly lusts, we 
should live soberly, righteously, and 
godly, in this present world (Titus 
2:12). 

What a shock it would be to most 
church members to realize that 
"denying ungodliness and worldly 
lusts" is a mandate of salvation. 
Yet isn't that what is taught in 
the scripture? Such are to be re- 
placed with a life that is sober, 
righteous and godly. We are to live 
godly toward our God, righteously 
towards our fellowmen, and soberly 
in respect to our own lives. We 
are to live in all humbleness of 
mind and heart knowing that it is 
only through God that we dare 
to lay claim to righteous and help- 
ful hving. It is true that there will 
be nothing purified in the next 
world that is not cleansed in this 
one. So, in this present world we 
are to live according to the grace 
of our Lord with all areas of life 
under His control. 

The Day's Thought 

The trademark of our faith is 
the hfe we live day by day. 

Friday, January 29, 1965 

Read Scripture: Philemon 1-7 

That the communication of thy 
faith may become effectual by the 



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acknoiDledging of every good thing 
ichich is in you in Christ Jesus 
(Philemon 6) . 

How do we "communicate" our 
faitli to others? In others words, 
how do we translate our faith in- 
to deeds? How do we do it that 
our witness becomes a power and a 
blessing bo others? The process can 
be classified as the work of love 
towards others. It takes the form 
of helping others, the word of sym- 
pathy and understanding, compas- 
sion and the desire to listen to 
their heartaches, etc. It is also in 
the form of material assistance 
when really needed. "Greater love 
hath no man than this, that a 
man lay down his life for his 
friends." This is perhaps the great- 
est interpretation of the meaning 



of the communication of our faith 
to others. This Christ did and sets 
the pace for His disciples to follow. 

The Day's Thought 

We are most effectual Christians 
when others are blessed by what 
we say and do. 

Saturday, January 30, 1965 

Read Scripture: Exodus 23:20-25 
And ye shall serve the Lord your 
God, and he shall bless thy bread, 
and thy water; and I will take 
sickness away from the midst of 
thee (Exodus 23:25). 

To us who have become accus- 
tomed to sickness, and the knowl- 
edge of plagues and pestilence 
around the world, it is amazing 
to read that God had promised to 



the Israelites a land free of thes 
things. They had one responsibilit 
and that was bo honor God in thei 
lives. We know they failed to d 
this and thus they fell heir to a! 
the evils of the curse of sin. Bu 
where men do honor and worshi; 
God, He blesses their land. As w 
seek to demonstrate the reality c 
our faith in our daily lives, so ou 
blessings from God will continue t 
increase. We can only speculate a 
to how American life would chang 
if all men sought to honor Goc 
But it all would be for our gooc 
"Blessed is that nation whose Go 
is the 'Lord.' " 

The Day's Thought 
Bless this day, our bread, ou 
homes, our land, and our witnes 
for Thee. 




CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



Read. . . .St. Mark 

Memory Scripture for tlie niontli — Mark 12:30 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and loith all thy soul and with all thy m.ind, 
and with all thy strength: this is the first command- 
ment. 



January 24 - 30 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 9:36-37 

Betsy Goes To Church 

"Pretty dress! Betsy go to church," said the little 
one to Daddy. 

"That is a pretty dress," answered Daddy as he 
lifted Betsy in his arms. "As soon as Gary and Linda 
come down we'll go to church." 

Just then the other two children came into the liv- 
ing room. 

"Pretty dress," Betsy told them. "Go to church!" 

"Yes, that's a pretty dress," answered Linda. 

"I'll get your snowsuit," said Gary. 

Daddy put Betsy's snowsuit on her. Mommy brought 
her mittens and bonnet. Soon the family was ready. 

"Go to church! Betsy go to church," she sang hap- 
pily as Daddy carried her to the car. 

"Betsy's glad we're going to church," said Linda. 

"Yes," answered Mommy. "We learn of Jesus there. 
Jesus loves little ones like Betsy. He loves older chil- 
dren like you and Gary. He loves grown-ups. Betsy 
feels the love of God in church just as we do." 



Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that You love me. Thank Yo 
for my church. May I do my part to bring the younge 
children of our family and neighborhood to churcl 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 10:13-16 

Little Children 

"The babies were sweet in church yesterday," sal 
Linda as she helped Mom set the breakfast table. 

"Yes," agreed Mom. "I think that is one of th 
nicest services we have." 

"What did Rev. Long call it?" asked Linda. 

"Dedication of babies," answered Mom. "The pai 
ents promised to teach the little ones of God. Thei 
you remember, Rev. Long put his hand on each baby 
head and prayed for it." 

"It reminds me of the story of Jesus blessing th 
children," said Linda. 

"Daddy and I dedicated each of you children an 
I thought of that story each time," said Mom. 

"I remember when Betsy was dedicated," said Lindi 

"Jesus loves all little children," added Mom. "H 
expects us to tell them of His love." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know You love me. Blej 
the missionaries as they teach the children far awa 
about You. Help me to tell my friends of Your lovi 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 10:46-52 

Following 

Queenie came up the basement steps. The five pup 
pies and Mittens followed her. They came mor 
slowly, for it was a long jump from one step to th 
next for their short legs. By the time they got to th 
kitchen, Queenie was already eating her dinner fror 
the dish by the stove. The puppies and Mitten 
crowded about her. 



January 16, 1965 



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"That's Queenie's," said Gary. "Here is a dish of 
milk for you." He placed a low dish on the floor. The 
little animals began to lap it eagerly. 

When Queenie finished eating, she curled up on 
the rug by the stove. Soon the puppies and the kitten 
were snuggled close around her. 

"Wherever Queenie goes, the puppies and Mittens 
follow her," said Gary. 

"Yes," replied Mom. "They know she will lead them 
to good things." 

After Jesus healed Bartimeus' eyes he followed 
[Jesus. He knew Jesus' way was the good and right 
way. Are you following Jesus? He will lead you in the 
good and the right way, too. 
Prayer: 

I know Your ways are best, dear Jesus. Help me 
to always follow You. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 11:22-26 

Forg:iven 

"I'm sorry," said Linda. "Really I'm sorry, Gary. I 
didn't notice on what I was writing. Please forgive 
me." 

Gary looked most unhappy. For a week he had 
been working on a poster for a contest at school. He 
had left it on the desk last night. This morning there 
were numbers all over one corner of it. Linda had 
done some of her figuring for arithmetic on it. 

"I — I know you didn't mean to do it," said Gary. 
"Of course I forgive you." He swallowed hard. "I won't 
have — a poster — in the contest. Today's the last day 
to enter." 

"Let's see what we can do," said Mom. "Here's a 
good eraser. Let's try it on those numbers." 

The three of them took turns erasing very care- 
fully around Gary's drawing and printing. 

"I'll get the paints and touch up those spots," said 
Gary. When he finished, the poster looked as good as 
it had the night before. 

"That's a prize-winning poster if I ever saw one," 
said Dad as he looked at it. 

"That's also a prize-winning boy," added Mom. 
"He was very disappointed and upset when he first 
saw the poster this morning. He quickly forgave Linda 
when he heard what happened. -He's a good follower 
of Jesus." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for forgiving me for the wrong 
things I do. Help me to forgive others when they do 
things which hurt or upset me. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 12:14-17 

Taxes 

Dad sat at the dining room table, surrounded by 
papers. 

"What are you doing?" asked Gary as he came into 
the room. 

"Figuring my income tax," answered Dad. 

"What's that?" the boy wanted to know. 

"Part of the money I earn each year I have to pay 
to the government. That's income taxes," Dad told 
him. 



"Well, if you know what part to pay, wliy all the 
figuring?" questioned Gary. 

"We are allowed to subtract some things — like what 
we give to the church and our doctor bills," Dad ex- 
plained. 

"I've heard people complaining about taxes," said 
Gary. "You aren't complaining." 

"No, Son," replied Dad. "It takes money to run a 
government. This is the way our Congress has pro- 
vided for the money. Until the law is changed, I'll 
pay my share of the taxes. I'm glad we hve in this 
country and I'll help support the government." 

"Did Jesus pay taxes?" wondered Gary. 

"He did," replied Dad. "And He told us we should 
give what we owe to our country, remembering first 
of all to give to God the things we should." 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, for my country. Help me to re- 
member to obey its laws as a Christian should. Help 
me first of all to love and obey You. In Jesus' name 
I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 12:28-31 

As Yourself 

"Look out, Steve!" shouted Gary. 

Just in time Steve turned his sled into the ditch 
at the side of the road. A car went speeding by as 
Steve rolled unhurt in the snow at the bottom of the 
ditch. 

"That was close," said Gary as he helped his friend 
from the ditch. 

"If you hadn't yelled I never would have seen that 
car," Steve said. 

The two boys didn't feel like sledding any more. 
Slowly they pulled their sleds home. 

Gary told Mom about the near-accident as he took 
off his boots and coat and gloves. "If Steve had been 
hurt," he said, "I would have felt as badly as if it 
had been me." 

"That's what Jesus meant," explained Mom, "when 
He said we should love God first of all and our neigh- 
bors as ourselves. We should have this same feeling 
toward all people that you have for your best friend 
Steve." 
Prayer: 

May I always show my love for You, God, by the 
way I act and talk. Help me to remember that You 
made all people and to love them as I should. In Je- 
sus' name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 12:41-44 

Giving To God 

"I wish I were rich," declared Linda. 

"What would you do with all your money?" asked 
Dad. 

"I would put it in the missionary offering tomor- 
row," replied Linda. "I've been saving and saving all 
month. All I have is fifty-two cents. I wish it were 
fifty-two dollars!" 

"Why are you giving all your money?" questioned 
Dad. 

"Because I love Jesus and want others to learn about 
Him," answered Linda. 



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"Then," continued Dad, "your fifty-two cents will 
do more than a large amount given by someone who 
does not really love Him. God will bless your offering 
and it will be used to tell others of Him. God is always 
pleased when we are doing our best because we love 
Him." 
Prayer: 

Dear God, it often seems there isn't much I can 
do for You or give for Your work. Show me the ways 
I can best help You. May I remember that all I do 
and give because I love You is pleasing to You. In 
Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Giimer 



THINGS RELATED TO THE GREAT TRIBULATION 

Great God, what do I see and hear! 

The end of things created! 
The Judge of all men doth appear 

On clouds of glory seated. 
The trumpet sounds, the graves restore 

The dead which they contained before 
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him. 

— Ringwoldt. 

WE ABE NOT TO TIE the coming of Jesus and the 
end of the world together as happening at the 
same time (II Peter 3:3-10). The unsaved will not be 
raised when Jesus comes for His own (Rev. 20:5). 
Christ's coming is without previous sign or warning, 
unexpected, hke the coming of a thief (Matt. 24: 
36-51). The church will not be left on earth to go 
through the tribulation (Rev. 3:10). The translation 
of Enoch is a picture of the rapture of the saints 
(Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5). The saints will be caught up 
to meet their Lord (I Thess. 4:16, 17). This promise 
of the resurrection and translation of the saints is 
also given in I Corinthians 15:51, 52. The Holy Spirit 
will be taken out of the world, and then the Anti- 
christ will be revealed (II Thess. 2:7). The Holy Spir- 
it cannot be separated from believers (John 14:16). 
The dead in Christ shall first arise 
At the last trumpet's sounding — 
Caught up to meet Him in the skies. 

With joy their Lord surrounding. 
No gloomy fears their souls dismay; 
His presence sheds eternal day 
On those prepared to meet Him. 
When Noah and his family were safe in the ark 
the great deluge ensued (Matt. 24:37-39). After Lot 
left Sodom the fire and brimstone rained upon the 
city (Luke 17:29). In relating the escape of Noah 
and of Lot the Savior pictured the rapture of the 
saints from the great tribulation (Matt. 24:40, 41; 
Luke 17:34-36). Instead of being in the great tribula- 
tion the Old Testament and the church-age saints 
will be in the presence of God (I Cor. 4:5). 
Those who remain on earth after the rapture will 



face a great tribulation (Matt. 24:21, 22). This is the 
time of God's sore judgment upon the world for its 
rejection of His Son (Rev. 9:6). Paul commends those 
who wait for Christ to come for His saints (I Thess.' 
1:9, 10). Such will be the stars in the soul winner'^ 
crown (I Thess. 2:19). All believers are exhorted to 
be ready for the rapture (3:13) . But the second phase 
of His coming will be at the end of the tribulation 
period for vengeance (II Thess. 1:7, 8). His revelation 
will be so dreadful to sinners that they will pray to 
be spared His wrath (Rev. 6:12-17). Judgment will 
fall upon those who know not God and that obey 
not the gospel (II Thess. 1:8, 9) . He comes to be glori- 
fied in His saints (II Thess. 1:10) . He comes to destroy 
the Man of Sin (II Thess. 2:7-10). 

But sinners, filled with guilty fears, 
Behold His wrath prevailing; 

For they shall rise and find their tears 
And signs are unavailing. 

The day of grace is past and gone, 
Trembling they stand before the Throne, 

All unprepared to meet Him. 
There are many antichrists in the world today, but 
there is coming an Antichrist (I John 2:18). Old 
Satan, "the dragon," gives the Antichrist his power 
(Rev. 13:2, 4). The Antichrist is called "a beast" (Rev. 
13:1). He will rule over an empire of ten kingdoms 
(v. 3). The false prophet will be a man, just as the 
beast (Rev. 19:20), and as the second beast, a re- 
ligious leader, will cause the people to worship the first 
beast (13:12-15). In the tribulation days it will be 
either worship the beast or starve (vs. 16-18). Thus 
the tribulation converts will be martyred (6:9-11). 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



LOANING TO THE MASTER 

Because the Lord hath need of him (Luke 19:31b). 

We do not know who owned the colt which Jesus 
appropriated on which to ride into Jerusalem, and 
they did not object to the appropriating of the beast 
other than to question who it was that was taking 
the animal. It was as yet unbroken to be ridden, for 
the Lord said that no man had ever ridden it. The 
owners did not lose anything by permitting the use 
of the colt, for it was on that colt that Christ made 
His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. And ever after 
the owners could boast that it was their animal that 
the Lord used to accomplish the triumph. And the 
colt was not spoiled for such practical purposes as 
they might wish to subject it later. 

The loan which these men made to the Master was 
never questioned by them as to its purpose — one of 
which they never dreamed — ^but which the world can 
never forget. We do not know when God may need 
some talent or possession that we may possess. And 
it is for us to yield to His request without reserva- 
tion or the display of selfishness. And no power, tal- 
ent or possession "loaned" to the Christ will ever be 
the same having known the Lord's touch and bless- 



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ing. Persons or objects having known the Lord's em- 
powering for service will possess thereafter an aura of 
influence and blessing, which the world will acknowl- 
edge as divinely bestowed. 



Israel's 

Seventy 

Sevens 

Rev. Albert- T. Ronk 



Xill 



■"T^E MESSENGER from Jehovah, Gabriel, was very 
1 careful to designate the exact time when the 
seventy sevens would begin. The specification was 
introduced with a charge to Daniel to understand as 
well as to know (v. 25). It was to be from, "The go- 
ing forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild 
Jerusalem." Who gave the commandment to restore 
and rebuild Jerusalem? The answer is written in 
Nehemiah 2:1-8. The captivity of Israel in the east 
was in progress. Nehemiah was cupbearer to the King 
of Persia in the palace of Shushan. The predicted 
time of Israel's captivity was drawing to a close ac- 
cording to Jeremiah's forecast (Jer. 25:11). When 
the time was ripe, certain men from the residue left 
in Jerusalem, came and reported that, "The wall of 
Jerusalem was broken down and the gates thereof 
burned with fire." Nehemiah was so saddened as to 
show in his countenance. When the king saw the sad- 
ness of his favorite cupbearer, he inquired about the 
reason, and Nehemiah gave the answer. Why should 
not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place 
of my fathers' sepulchres, lleth waste, and the gates 
thereof are consumed luith fire? If it pleases the 
king . . . send me unto Judah, unto the city of my 
fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it, and the king 
granted me, according to the good hand of my God 
upon me (Neh. 2:3-8 A.S.V.). 

Artaxerxes gave the command to restore and to re- 
build Jerusalem. Moreover, the record is very spe- 
cific as to the exact time. It was, In the month of Nisan, 
in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes reign in Persia 
(Nehemiah 2:1-6 A.S.V.). The reign of Artaxerxes 
Longimanus is well established in history. He suc- 
ceeded his father Xerxes to the throne in 445 B.C. 

Return now to Daniel and consider the divisions of 
the 490 years decreed. From the going forth of the 
commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, un- 
to the anointed one, the prince, shall be seven sevens, 
and threescore and two sevens: . . . And after the 
threescore and two sevens shall the anoiiited one 
be cut off, and shall have nothing. Threescore and two 
sevens are sixty-two sevens, plus the seven sevens 
adds up to sixty-nine sevens. Sixty-nine time seven 



make 483 sevens, or years. But the decree declares 
seventy sevens, or 490 years. One seven of years must 
yet be acounted for. Verse 27 of Daniel 9 presents 
it. And he, the prince of the people who destroyed 
the city, Shall make a firm covenant loith ma?iy for 
one seven (or week of years A.S.V.). There are the 
last seven years of Israel's history. This is prophetic 
history. 

The first division of the time is seven sevens, or 
49 years. There is the time foretold for rebuilding 
Jerusalem, for, "It shall be built again, with street, 
and mote, even in troublous times." Those troublous 
times are described in detail in the book of Nehemiah. 
The ending of the sixty-two sevens is the more sig- 
nificant as it marks the climax of so many things. 

Note now the statement in verse 25. The time, from 
"The going forth of the commandment" unto a great 
event, is the seven sevens and sixty-two sevens, or 
483 years. The event is the cutting off of the anointed 
one, Who is the anointed one? He is the Messiah 
promised to Israel. Messiah means anointed one. 

Check. now from 445 B.C. according to Jewish reck- 
oning, a point in future time. The prophetic year has 
360 days. Calculating them, 69 x 7 x 360 = 173,880 
days. To make the date coincide with the Julian cal- 
endar which we use, it is necessary to resort to the 
Julian year of 365 days. From 445 B.C. to 32 A.D. are 
476 years; 445 plus 32 = 447, one year too many. But 
wait, a year must be deducted for the interval between 
B.C. 1 and A. D. 1, for the period is not two years 
but one. Now multiply 476 x 365 days -- 173,740 days. 
Since a leap-year must be added for every four years 
in the Julian calendar, there would be an extra 116 
days for leap-years. That would total 173,856 days, 
still 24 days short of the prophetic total. The differ- 
ence is discovered in the variation of the Passover 
between 445 B.C. and 32 A.D. 

The Mosaic law required that the pascal lamb be 
shut up on the 10th day of the month Nisan and 
slain on the 14th day at the going down of the sun. 
Jesus, the Lamb of God, entered Jerusalem on the 
tenth day of Nisan 32 A.D. and died on the cross at 
sunset of the fourteenth. The time of shutting up 
the lamb in Israel and the beginning of the Passover 
season varied from early to late in the spring. In 
445 B.C., the penning of the lamb occurred on the 
date equivalent to March 14. In 32 A.D., the date of 
separation was April 6. The difference, therefore, be- 
tween March 14 and April 6 is exactly 24 days, which, 
when added to the 173,856 equals 173,880, which checks 
exactly with the 173,880 days of the prophetic method 
of calculating the time. 

It is seen by the above timetable that the sixty-nine- 
year weeks terminated with the "Commandment to 
rebuild Jerusalem" on the very day that Jesus, the 
anointed one, the Prince of Israel, made His triumphal 
entry into Jerusalem. Here, one must distinguish be- 
tween the anointed one, the Prince of the house of 
David, and the prince of the people who destroyed 
the city. That is evidently why the message of Gab- 
riel left out the word Prince, and only named Him 
the anointed one. 

When Jesus approached the city of Jerusalem, the 
multitude proclaimed Him along the way, saying, 
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rethlren 
STouth 



I 



Crusaders 



We have been having regular devotional meetings 
every Sunday evening preceding worship services. 
Sometimes we hold them in different homes but usu- 
ally we hold them at the church. 

On the average, we have 12-15 mem,bers attending 
each meeting. Along with increasing our membership, 
we are trying to successfully complete our national 
goals. As an example, for the National Project for 
Derby, Kansas, we are collecting pennies in a gallon 
jug. These pennies will be presented by representa- 
tives of our youth group at National Conference.] 

This year the Papago Park Brethren Youth are 
going to be heard from! 

— ^Katie Price, secretary 



NEWS FROM PROJECT CHURCH 

The Junior Youth at Derby, Kansas, had election 
of officers and the new leaders are as follows: 
President — Marie Grieve 
Vice President — Randy Pray 
Secretary-Treasurer — Bruce Dodds 

Margaret Bishard, Advisor 
(Editor's Note; 

Remember! Derby is our Project Church for 1964- 
65— goal: $10,000.) 



THE LIFE WORK RECRUIT 



ARIZONA CONFERENCE 

The first District Youth Conference in Arizona, 
between the Papago Park B.Y.C. and the Tucson B. 
Y.C., was held Saturday, October 31. The Halloween 
party was at the Jasper Price home, member of the 
Papago Park Church. 

Amidst goblins, witches, and black cats, various 
forms of games and entertainment were carried out 
by those present. There were six attending from 
Tucson and eleven from Tempe. There were also ten 
sponsors present. 

On the order of business, we decided to hold our 
annual winter retreat at Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, dur- 
ing Thanksgiving vacation. Further plans were made 
by each youth group during their individual meetings. 

We plan to hold our next district meeting on Fri- 
day, January 29, at the Tucson Church. This will be 
youth night at their evangelistic services being held 
at that time. 



PAPAGO GOES 

The Papago Park Brethren Youth started the new 
year with the election of officers. The following mem- 
bers were elected: 

President Larry Baker 

Vice President Steve Thompson 

Secretary Katie Price 

Treasurer Diana Stiffler 

Historian Paulette Price 

Sponsors Bob and Laura Wright 

After holding an officer's meeting, we decided on 
some of the following ideas for our future meetings: 
an installation of the new officers, a volleyball game 
with the adults, a Halloween party, a panel discus- 
sion on Christian dating, and a winter retreat with the 
Tucson youth group. 




Assign personal calls and duties 

This point and the one concerning personal ac- 
quaintance with the pastor or pastor's wife go to- 
gether. We hardly think it is necessary to say that 
the pastor would not ask a young recruit to ac- 
company him on calls where there are emotional 
problems involved, marriage problems, or where any 
shattering experiences might be expected or antici- 
pated. But every pastor has certain ones upon whom 
he pays a friendly visit for social reasons as well as 
spiritual. 

It would also be very helpful to have a young per- 
son present if the pastor was trying through visits 
to win another to the Lord. This inside glimpse into 
soul-winning practices would be invaluable to a bud- 
ding minister or any one hoping to engage in this 
most neglected of Christian practices. If there is 
another young person about the recruit's age seek- 
ing membership in the church or even seeking help 
of a not too personal nature the efforts of the re- 
cruit to help his contemporary might be effective. 



li! January 16, 1965 



On visits back and fortli, the pastor might even 
lenitrust the young person with the driving of the car 
if he is quahfied to do so. In these trips between calls 
there is time for more conversations. 

Duties might include routine work in the church 
office, especially if there is no full time secretary. 
Working with the pastor and helping him in any duty 
or for the preparation of any responsibility will make 
the recruit feel needed. Bible school finds the pas- 
tor extremely busy. Again young recruits can fill 
many a spot, run many an errand, perform many a 
duty. 

How this point of assigning calls and special duties 
is worked out is highly individual and it will depend 
upon the schedule of the pastor, the location of the 
church, the activities of the church and many other 
things. 



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PICTURE PUZZLER 




Speaker for the 1965 Youth Conference. . .attended 
Ashland College and Seminary . . . attended Fuller 
Theological Seminary .. .former pastor at New Paris, 
Indiana. . .married. . .loife's name is Julia... one little 
girl . .great interest in Sunday School. Can you supply 
the name a?id picture? If you have difficulty, look in 
next week's Evangelist for the answer! 



PLANS FOR PLEASANT HILL 

The Junior BYC at Pleasant Hill, Ohio was re- 
organized on October 4 with the following officers 
elected. 

President Betsy Kraus 

Vice President David Gilbert 

Secretary Sarah Bryant 

Treasurer Sherry Gardner 

Mrs. Bolton is our advisor. 

We discussed plans for raising project money and 
for socials and Mrs. Bolton gave us a brief history of 
the book of Acts. Each of us will take turns leading 
the meeting and appointing those to lead songs, read 
Scripture and have prayer. 

We joined with the Senior and Junior High groups 
for a hayride on October 9. Twenty-seven young peo- 
ple and two advisors enjoyed the cold, windy ride 
in the back of big trucks filled with straw. We re- 
turned to the church for hotdogs, potato chips and 
hot chocolate served by Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Schauer 
and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Oburn. We had fun bobbing 
for apples furnished by Maxine Delcamp, the Senior 
BYC advisor. 

On October 24, the three groups had a Halloween 
party and our group had the devotions; Scripture, 
prayer and a short talk on Halloween fun, but the 
importance of not wearing a mask to fool people 
at other times. 

On November 8, we had a Pubhc Service with our 
group presenting a playlet "Visitors from Know- 
Nothing Land." The cast follows: 

Peggy Betsy Kraus 

Alice Sherry Gardner 

Dot Kaye Bolton 

Dummy Doolittle Clara Bolton 

Goofy Lazybones David Gilbert 

The audience seemed to appreciate our acting and the 
play's message that schools are important. 

We are working hard studying the book of Acts 
and hope to have a Quiz team. We have been meet- 
ing a half hour early for handcraft. The girls made 
plastic bottle angels and egg carton wreaths and the 
boys made bookends. 

— Sarah Bryant, secretary 



GOALS GAB 




Goal Number 8 

The 1964 Youth Conference presented the first 
Brethren Youth Bible Quiz. This program was so en- 
thusiastically received that it has been continued for 
1964-65 with the book of Acts being the study for this 
year. 

Wide participation was experienced in last year's 
quiz but the Goals Committee of the Youth Conference 
felt even more should enter the quizzing. Therefore, 
each youth group in your church will receive 10 points 
when they participate in the local quiz and send a 
team for each age group to the district or state finals 
(if you are in an area where these are held). 

The age divisions are different this year and are as 
follows: 

Junior — grades 4- 6 
Junior Hi — grades 7- 9 
Senior Hi — grades 10-12. 



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SISTERHOOD 



Devotional Program for February 



SENIOR 

General Theme: 

"Building Christian Character" 

February Theme: "Meekness" 



JUNIOR 

General Theme: 

"Appreciation of God's Gifts' 

February Theme: "Birds" 



Call to Worship: St. John 11:25-26 
Song Service (Use own choice of songs) 
Scripture: Psalm 1 
Prayer 
Bible Study 

Hymn: "Fairest Lord Jesus" 
Special Music 
Topic : 
Senior — "Meekness" 
* Junior — "Birds" 
Hymn: "Spirit of Sisterhood" 



Business Meeting 
S.M.M. Benediction 

* This month the junior patronesses are to prepare 
the topic, "Birds," for their oicn respective groups, 
pointing out why we should appreciate birds as gifts 
of God and how we may show this appreciation. You 
may use Genesis 1:21-22 or any other scripture and 
poem or story lohich is relevant to this topic. We 
would appreciate any comments you may have con- 
cerning this procedure. 



NATIONAL AND DISTRICT DUES ARE DUE BY JANUARY 31. 1965 
SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 

HOW GOD ACTED THROUGH HIS MEN 

by MRS. PHIL LERSCH 



ON HIS WAY to heaven, Jesus foretold that His fol- 
lowers would spread His witness throughout Je- 
rusalem, Jiidea, Saiiiaria, and even unto the "uttermost 
part of the earth." As we study the book of Acts, we see 
this prediction literally coming true. Acts 6:7 summarizes 
the work of the building of the Jerusalem church: And 
the word of God increased; and the number of the dis- 
ciples multiplied in Jerusalem jifreatly; and a great com- 
pany of priests were obedient to the faith. 

Driven away from the mother church by persecution, 
the disciples spread the good word throughout Judea, 
Samaria, and Galilee. So this progress is reported in 
Acts 9:31: Then had the churches rest throughout all 
Judea and Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified; and 
walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of 
the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. Even though it took 



hardship and suffering to accomplish the spread of the 
Gospel, it is amazing to see how the church traveled and 
grew. 

Besides covering much ground, the church soon en- 
larged the borders of its heart. The first followers were 
only Jews. But when Philip preached in Samaria, he 
opened the door a crack to those outside the Jewish 
faith. For the Samaritans were half Jew and half Gen- 
tile. Peter learned from God by a special object lesson 
that God expected the followers of Christ to share their 
faith with Gentiles. So when Cornelius, a Roman Gen- 
tile, called and asked Peter for help, the door was opened 
a little more to those who were not Jewish. 

Then for the first time, those "nameless pioneers" de-> 
scribed in last month's study actually sought out an 
audience who were Gentiles. In Antioch, the men from 



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Cyprus and Cyrene who had been scattered because of 
persecution "spake unto the Grecians, pi-eaching the 
Lord Jesus." 

How was it possible for the church which began in 
one city and was led by a small group of Jews to in- 
crease its size, its area, and its vision? The answer is 
found in the report of the disciples as recorded in three 
different verses: 

And when they were come, and had gathered the 
church together, they rehearsed all that God had done 
with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto 
the Gentiles (14:27). 

And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were re- 
ceived of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and 
they declared all things that God had done with them 
(15:4). 

Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, 
ye know how that a good while ago God made choice 
among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear 
the word of the Gospel, and believe (15:7). 

Why could the church grow as it did? The disciples 
were God's instruments. The Holy Spirit acted through 
those men who gave their lives to Him. Many times 
the men didn't know the significance of what they were 
doing. They simply let God direct each move. He acted 
through men to build His church. 

Those believers who had to leave Jerusalem because 
of the persecution didn't stop to think about the part 
they would play in spreading the borders of the church. 
Peter probably had no idea that his visit to Cornelius 
would bring Gentiles into the church. When Stephen 
was stoned, he was unaware of the eflFect of his dying 
on a young man standing by whose name was Saul. It 
was only later that these apostles realized all that God 
had done with them. 

Having grasped this idea of God's using the apostles, 
let us now consider how this happened in the next stage 
of the growth of the church. Following the progress re- 
port as outlined in 9:31, concerning the churches in 
Judea, Galilee and Samaria, the church continued to 
move. The outline following will give WHO THE MEN 
WERE (Roman numerals) that God used, WHAT THE 



MEN DID (Arabic numerals), and THE RESULTS 
OF THESE ACTIONS. In Bible study it is helpful for 
each student to outline like this for himself. Those 
names in boldface print can be found on the map. 

I. Peter 

1. at Lydda healed a paralyzed man named Ae- 
neas (9:32-35), result — residents turned to the 
Lord. 

2. at Joppa raised Dorcas (Tabitha) from the 
dead (9:36-43), result — many believed. 

3. went to Caesarea to tell Cornehus about Christ 
(10:1-11, 18), result— 

a. the Holy Spirit descended; believers were 
baptized; 

b. Peter was called on the carpet back home; 

c. Jerusalem Christans finally saw the light. 

4. went to prison under heavy guard (12:1-24), 
result — an angel released him. 

II. Scattered Christians 

1. preached to men in Pheonicia, Cyprus, and 
Antioch, even Gentiles (11:19-24), result — 

a. many believed; 

b. Jerusalem church sent Barnabas to An- 
tioch. 

III. Barnabas 

1. went to Tarsus to get Saul (11:25-26), re- 
sult — Saul and Barnabas taught and strength- 
ened the "Christians" there. 

IV. Prophets -(Agabus) 

1. foretold a famine (11:27-30), 

result — Christians sent money with Barnabas 
and Saul and elders to Jerusalem. 

V. Barnabas and Saul 

1. returned from Jerusalem bringing John Mark 
(12:25 — 13:13), result — Saul and Barnabas 
commissioned for missionary service. 

2. traveled to Salamis in Cyprus preaching to 
Jews in synagogues (13:4-5). 

3. traveled to Paphos in Cyprus and preached 
to the deputy (13:6-12), result— 

a. struck blind a Jewish false prophet, a 
sorcerer; 




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b. Sergius Paulus, the deputy, believed. 

4. sailed to Perga in Pamphylia (13:13), 
result — John Mark returned to Jerusalem. 

5. traveled to Antioch of Pisidia and preached 
in the synagogue (13:14-43), result — invited 
to speak again. 

6. spoke the ne.xt Sabbath to a full house, but 
heckled by Jewish leaders (13:44-47), result — 
turned to the Gentiles who rejoiced. 

7. preached to the Gentiles (13:48-50), result — 

a. many believed; 

b. Jews drove Paul and Barnabas from the 
city. 

8. went to Iconlum to the Jewish synagogue (13: 
51—14:5), result— 

a. many Jews and Greeks believed; 

b. the possibility of a stoning drove dis- 
ciples from the city. 

9. fled to Lystra where Paul healed a lame man 
(14:6-18), result— 

a. those watching began worshipping Paul 
and Barnabas; 

b. Paul used the event to preach about God. 

10. Paul lived after being stoned in Lystra by 
Jews from Antioch and Iconium (14:19-20), 
result — the disciples left the city. 

11. backtracked to the churches they had estab- 
lished (14:21-25), result— 

a. confirmed and strengthened believers; 

b. ordained elders. 



12. returned to Antioch where they had been com- 
missioned (14:26-28), result — reported on their 
trip — "what God had done with them." 

13. argued with men from Judea who insisted 
that salvation depended upon circumcision 
(15:1-2), result — went to Jerusalem about the 
question. 

14. reported the conversion of the Gentiles to the 
churches along the way (15:3-5), result — joy, 

15. Jerusalem church considered the question from 
Antioch (15:6-29), result— 

a. James spoke for the church not to add 
more burdens to new believers; 

b. the church sent suggestions to help in the 
Christian life; 

c. Judas and Silas accompanied Paul and 
Barnabas with the report. 

16. traveled to Antioch with the report (15:30-35), 
result — 

a. the group was consoled; 

b. Judas and Silas remained for a while. 

17. Paul and Barnabas separated, result — 

a. Barnabas took John Mark to Cyprus; 

b. Paul took Silas to Syria and Cilicia. 

18. Paul and Silas traveled to Derbe and Lystra, 
result — Timothy became Paul's companion. 

So this in outline form is HOW GOD ACTEE 
THROUGH HIS MEN during that period of extension 
away from Palestine. After these things, "the churches 
were established in the faith, and increased in number 
daily" (16:5). 



TOPIC: 



MEEKNESS 

by MRS. KAY ALBRIGHT BURGI 



As WE have been studying what a Christian girl's 
conduct should be, you perhaps have been trying 
to live a more Christlike life. After you were given a 
lesson on love at your Sisterhood meeting, did you try 
to be more loving to those with whom you live? Or 
after a lesson on patience, did you try to be a little 
more patient with your sister or brother? But you and 
I both know how long it lasted. That's because we get 
tlie cart before the horse. 

Before you can act like a Christian, you have to 
be a Christian. Before you can be Christlike, you 
must first have Christ living in your heart. All these 
virtues we will be talking about, like love, joy, pa- 
tience, and meekness, are the result of taking Christ 
as your Savior. It is because He lives in your heart 
first. These characteristics of Christian conduct are 
called "fruit" in the Bible. We all know fruit is the 
product of trees. When Jesus was here on earth. He 
told the people to abide in Him and bear fruit. So first 
you must be a tree grounded in Christ and then you 
will bear fruit. 



A man once told me that if he could walk with 
me for just one day, he could tell what kind of Chris- 
tian I was. At the time I didn't believe him, but when 
I stopped and thought of how I talked with my girl- 
friends', how I acted toward certain people, and ol 
how little I prayed, I knew that he would have been 
able to tell. Maybe you think you could fool him. 
Maybe you could! But God knows even the secret 
thoughts of your heart and Him you couldn't fool. 
Are you just putting on a good show or does Christ 
truly live in your heart? Perhaps you'd understand 
what I mean better if I asked you if you go to choir 
practice, Bible study, or even Sisterhood because you 
want to learn how to serve Christ better, or because 
you want others to think you're a pretty good girl? 

But perhaps you are a Christian and you just don't 
seem to be producing any fruit. What's wrong? Re- 
member, as a Christian, you are like a tree. Just as 
a tree won't produce fruit unless it gets enough sun- 
shine and rain, you won't produce the fruit of a Chris- 
tian unless you receive enough nourishment from 



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reading the Bible and prayer. You've been told this 
nany times I'm sure, but sometimes we forget and 
need to be reminded. 

This may seem like a long introduction to a topic 
3n "Meekness," but first, we need to plant the tree 
before we can have any fruit. For most people the 
word "meek" has a vague meaning. The dictionary 
gives such synonyms as gentle, kind, and mild which 
still leaves us up in the air. It's one of those words 
that we have an idea what it means, but we can't 
express it in words. To make sure we're all thinking 
on the same terms, let's use the definition of Jere- 
miah the prophet. He said. As for me, behold, I am in 
your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet 
unto you (26:14) . 

Sometimes we're prone to think of a meek person 
as being wishy-washy and easily walked upon. Yet 
Jesus said, Blessed are the meek: for they shall in- 
herit the earth (Matt. 5:5), and we know that a 
Christian must have a lot of backbone if he's to live 
for Christ. If we use the definition we found in Jere- 
miah of "I am in your hand," we can easily see how 
it fits with the Christian life. 

Jeremiah had told the Israelites that God was going 
to allow them to be captured if they didn't return 
to God, but they wouldn't believe Jeremiah and wanted 
to get rid of him. It took courage for Jeremiah to 
speak out against all the Israelites and their ways, but 



he did it and was willing to suffer the consequences. 
We, too, must be willing to speak out about our Lord 
and not be afraid of what our friends think. We may 
suffer the loss of some popularity or be the target of 
some gossip, but if we are to be meek, we must first 
be bold. 

When you realize that everyone of your girlfriends, 
your brothers and sisters, and even that boyfriend 
has a soul that never dies, you should sense the ur- 
gency of telling them about your Savior. The future 
of their souls is more important than your temporary 
popularity. Speak out for your Lord and be willing 
to accept any personal loss. 

We have been talking about the need to be con- 
sidered lowly by our friends in order that we might 
serve Christ. But also, we need to be meek before 
our Savior. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died 
for us" Romans says. Christ did all for us and all we 
can say in return is "I am in your hand: do with 
me as seemeth good and meet unto you." Paul tells 
us we can go "boldly unto the throne of grace," but 
we need to do it with all humility of heart, realizing 
our unworthiness. 

You needn't worry about producing the fruit of 
meekness if you are a tree deeply rooted in your 
Lord. For as you reach into His Word to receive 
nourishment, your heart will be meek and humble 
as you realize anew His love for you. But first you 
must plant the tree. 



JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 



GUIDE FOR DAILY LIVING 

(Romans 12:3-5) 



by MRS. MILTON BOWMAN 



LAST MONTH, we studied the first two verses of 
the twelfth chapter of Romans. We found that, 
in order to serve God in a pleasing way, we need to 
give Him our hearts and lives. Of course, we belong 
to Him for two reasons: 

1. because He made us; 

2. because He bought us with His own blood when 
He died on the cross for us. However, it pleases God 
when we tell Him that we love Him, and when we put 
Him first in our lives. We, also, learned last month 
that God wants us to live for Him each day. We need 
to k?iow God's will and, then, be willing to obey Him. 
We must follow His teachings each day. 

This month we will study Romans 12:3-5. These 
verses tell us how we can prove to God that we have 
given our lives to Him. They also tell us what our 
position is in regard to God's plan for us. 



WE MUST BE HUMBLE 
(verse 3) 

According to the Phillips translation of Romans 
12:3, we read As your spiritual teacher I give this 
piece of advice to each one of you. Don't cherish ex- 
aggerated ideas of yourself or your importance, but 
try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities by the 
light of the faith that God has given to you all. In 
order to understand some of these words, we might 
look them up in our dictionary. The word cherish 
means to hold, and the word exaggerated means en- 
larged; so that sentence might read "Don't hold en- 
larged ideas of yourself or your importance." People 
who have big opinions of themselves and what they 
can do are proud, we say. Solomon says, in Proverbs 
16:18, that Pride goeth before destruction, and a 



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haughty spirit before a fall. The last part of the verse 
mentions a sane estimate of our capabilities. This 
really means a sound rating of our talents. We should 
think quietly, as God helps us to do, about the many 
things that God has done for us because we have 
asked Him. In other words, we should be humble. 
Many girls get puffed up because they can do certain 
things that others cannot do. Sometimes they even 
look down on other girls with different talents. This 
is wrong because it is God who gives us power to do 
things, and all talents are precious to Him. 

The greatest people of all time have been HUMBLE 
in SPIRIT. The story is told that one day George 
Washington was riding with a party of friends. Their 
horses Jumped a rock fence, but the last steed over 
kicked off several rocks. "Better replace them," sug- 
gested the General. "Oh, someone will do that," was 
the careless reply. When the riding party disbanded, 
Washington turned his horse and rode back the way 
they had come. Dismounting, he carefully replaced 
the stones. "Oh, General," called a man who came 
along just then "You are too big to be doing that." 
"Oh, no," replied Washington, "I am just the right 
size." 

Washington was the right size to replace those 
stones. Christ was the right size to take the pan of 
water and wash the apostles' feet. We should be the 
right size to do whatever lowly task of service may 
be offered to us. We will not be fit to do the large 
tasks in life until we are willing to do the small tasks. 
This is true humility and should be an everyday part 
of our lives. 

Real humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is 
never to be fretted, or irritated, or angry, or disap- 
pointed. It is to be at rest when nobody praises you 
and when you are despised and blamed. It is a se- 
cret peace that comes through our faith when all 
around and above seems to be trouble. We need hu- 
mility in spirit and deed. 

WE ARE PART OF HIS BODY 
(verses 4, 5) 

I would like to read for you Romans 12:4 and 5 
from the New English Bible which explains these 
verses in a way that is easier for us to understand, 
For just as in a single human body there are many 
limbs and organs, all with different functions, so 
all of us, united with Christ, form one body, serving 
individually as limbs and organs to one another. This 
is really a lovely picture comparing the church of 
Christ as a body with our own physical bodies. We 
are made up of arms, legs, ears, eyes, nose and a 
mouth. We might add the fingers, toes, head, neck, etc. 
Within our bodies we have lungs, a heart, stomach, 
and many other organs. Each part of our body has 
a definite function, or work, to perform. It has some- 
thing to do to keep us healthy and strong. 



It would never do for the heart to tell the lungj 
that they are not needed, or for the head to tell the 
arms that they are unnecessary. Every part of the 
body is important and has a work to do. Each part 
depends on the others! As they work together it makes 
up a healthy body. The work of the church is likened 
unto a body united with Christ as the head. This 
means that we all need to co-operate or work to- 
gether to make God's work a success in the world 
Many different types of work need to be done. In this 
way, every talent can be used for God in His service 
We need to discover what talents we have and, then 
dedicate them to God. If you can sing in the choii 
at school, you should be singing in the church. Yoi 
should be willing to give time for rehearsal and prac- 
tice and, then, happily serve in your place as needed 
This is also true of playing an instrument, giving 
readings, leading a meeting, etc. In this way, yoi 
are performing as a special organ of the body oJ 
Christ. All this helps to make the body healthy anc 
keep God's work going smoothly in the world. Annie 
Johnson Flint illustrates this in her poem: 

The World's Bible J 

Christ has no hands but our hands " 

To do His work today, 
He has no feet but our feet 
To lead men in His way, 
He has no tongue but our tongues 

To tell men how He died. 

He has no help but our help 

To bring them to His side. 

We are the only Bible 

The careless world will read. 
We are the sinners Gospel, 

We are the scoffer's creed, 
We are the Lord's last message, 

Given in deed and word. 
What if the type is crooked? 

What if the print is blurred? 

What if our hands are busy 

With other work than His? 
What if our feet are walking 

Where sin's allurement is? 
What if our tongues are speaking 

Of things His lips would spurn? 
How can we hope to help Him 
And hasten His return? 
Mrs. Flint feels that every part of our bodies shouk 
be used for God. He has done so much for us tha 
we ought to be happy to take our places as a part o: 
His body. We should offer our services to Him in ; 
humble spirit. If we do the little things that are our; 
to do from day to day, then we will be prepared to d( 
the big things for Christ as He asks us. Next month 
we will study the many kinds of work we can do fo: 
God; so study Romans 12 again. 



1964-65 Theme 



"FULFILLING THE TIME" 



Ephesians 5:15-2( 



,|j January 16, 1965 



Page Seventeen 

Signal Lights Program for February 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Hoisinger 

Bible Theme: "STORIES JESUS TOLD" 
Project: A TRACTOR FOR EDEN 



Call to Worship: 

Jesus told of God above; 

Of His wisdom and His love. 

Jesus' stories are true; 

God loves you and you and you. 
Sing: 

"Jesus Loves Me" 

"Jesus Loves the Little Ones" 

"Jesus Loves the Children of the 
World" 
Bible Story: 
JESUS TELLS OF GOD'S LOVE 

Jesus knew that people needed 
love. He often talked about the love 
of God. He wanted people to know 
that God loved them. He wanted 
them to know that God cared for 
them. 

One day, some people were sit- 
ting on the hillside. Many of the 
people looked very worried. Per- 
haps some of the fathers were 
wondering whether or not they 
could catch enough fish that day 
to sell so that they could buy food 
for their families. Perhaps some 
of the mothers were wondering 
whether or not they would have 
enough cloth so that they could 
make new robes for each mem- 
ber of their family. Some of the 
people looked very sad. Perhaps 
some of them felt sorry for them- 
selves because they didn't have as 
much to eat or as many robes as 
their neighbors. Some of the people 
looked lonely. Perhaps some of 
them did not have families where 
there were love and good times 
and fun together. 

Jesus looked at the people. He 
felt sorry for them. He thought, 
"If only they knew that God loves 
them; if only they knew that God 
cares for them, then they would 
not be worried, nor sad, nor lonely." 

Jesus looked up into the sky. 
There were birds flying overhead, 
chirping merrily. "Look at the 
birds," He said. "God has planned 
that they would have food to eat. 
Why are you worried about having 



enough to eat? Do you not know 
that if God takes care of the birds, 
surely He will take care of you? 
For you are more important than 
birds." The fathers listened to the 
words of Jesus. They began to be- 
lieve that God did love them, that 
God would take care of them. They 
need not worry; they need only do 
their best each day as they worked 
to earn food for their families. 

Then Jesus looked down the hill- 
side. He saw some lovely lilies 
growing. "Look at the lilies," He 
said. "Notice how beautifully they 
are dressed. Why are you worried 
about having enough to wear? Do 
you not know that if God has 
planned that flowers should be 
dressed in such a lovely way, sure- 
ly He will take care of you? For 
you are more important than the 
grass of the fields." 

The mothers hstened to the 
words of Jesus. They began to be- 
lieve that God did love them, that 
God would care for them. They 
need not worry; they need only do 
their best each day to take good 
care of their families. 

The lonely people listened to 
Jesus. Why, even though they had 
no famines to love them, God loved 
them! As the people walked down 
the hillside to their homes, they 
were no longer worried, sad or 
lonely; but they were happy, be- 
cause they knew God loved each of 
them. Based on Luke 12:22-30 

Hymn of the Month: 

"My Savior's Love" 
I stand amazed in the presence 
Of Jesus the Nazarene, 
And wonder how He could love me, 
A sinner condem'd, unclean. 

Chorus: 
How marvelous! how wonderful! 
And my song shall ever be: 
How marvelous! how wonderful 
Is my Saviour's love for me! 
When with the ransom'd in glory 
His face I at last shall see. 



'Twill be my joy thro' the ages 
To sing of His love for me. 

Our hymn this month tells of 
Jesus' love for us. Let's read the 
words together. Are there any 
words you do not understand? 
(Some of the words you may need 
to explain to your group are: 
amazed, presence, condemned, ran- 
somed.) 

Now, let's listen to the music be- 
fore we sing together "My Saviour's 
Love." 
Mission Story: 

GOD PROVIDES 

A few years ago our missionaries 
in Argentina bought a house in 
Buenos Aires. It was a big old 
house. It would do for the church 
and missionary home for awhile. 
Later, they could add to it. 

"It's a fine house," declared Rev. 
Byler. 

"Indeed it is," agreed Mrs. Byler. 

"But what will we use for furni- 
ture? There is no money to buy 
any." 

"God knows what we need," said 
Rev. Byler. "He will provide it." 

Days went by. The Bylers and 
the Brethren in Buenos Aires 
cleaned and scrubbed and painted. 

One day Mrs. Byler said, "Let's 
see what's in the attic. It's boarded 
shut. I wonder what's in there." 

The men pried the boards from 
the atticway. When the door was 
opened, what a surprise! Under a 
thick layer of dust was all the fur- 
niture the Bylers needed! 

"Where did it come from? Whose 
is it?" they wondered. 

They talked with people who 
lived in the neighborhood. They 
learned that many, many years ago 
a German family built the house. 
They went to Germany for a visit. 
They stored their furniture in the 
attic. 

For some reason they never re- 
turned. The house was sold first 
to one family and then to another. 



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Of all the families who lived in it, 
none ever looked in the attic. For 
forty years the furniture was stored 
in the attic waiting for the mis- 
sionaries. 

God knew what they would need. 
God provided for those needs even 
before the Bylers were born. 

God knows what is needed at 
our Bible school in Argentina. He 
is letting us help buy the tractor. 
Aren't you glad we can help the 
missionaries this way? Aren't you 
glad God provides for all our 
needs? 

Based on the article: "Unto Him 
that is Able" by Jane Byler 
Friendship Circle of Prayer: 

Let us thank God for taking care 
of us and providing all our needs. 
Let us thank Him for watching over 
our missionaries. 



Let us ask Him to show us ways 
we can serve Him and help our 
missionaries. 
Business: 

1. Roll Call— tell wJiat you did 
without this month. 

2. Talk about things you can do 
this month to show others you 
love them. 

3. Birthdays to remember: 
Mark Bowers will be ten years 

old on March 11. 

Stephen Byler will be fourteen 
years old on March 19. 
Handwork : 

A BASKET OF ROSES TO 
MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY 

Choose a sick or shut-in person 
known by most of your Signal 
Lights. This project will be for 
that person. 

You will need seed catalogues 



with pictures of roses in them, 
strips of white paper about three 
inches by one and one-half inches, 
paste, pencils, and a "basket" cut 
from brown paper pasted on a piece 
of green construction paper. (Do 
not paste the top edge of the 
basket.) 

Each child will cut a rose from 
the seed catalog. The stems should 
be cut off near the top. Paste a 
strip of white paper to the rose in 
place of the stem. On this each 
child will write a message to the 
shut-in friend. (You will need to 
write the message for the younger 
children.) Each child will sign his 
name to his own message, and 
then put it into the "basket." 

Choose two or three Signal Lights 
to deliver the rose basket. 
Signal Lights Benediction 



(continued from page 9) 
"Hosanna to the son of David; blessed is he that com- 
eth in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." 
When He entered the temple. He "Cast out them that 
sold and bought in the temple . .", the merchandizers 
who had purchased their concessions from the High 
Priest. Jesus shouted with indignation, "My house 
shall be called a house of prayer, but ye have made 
it a den of robbers." Moreover, the children in the 
temple acclaimed Him as "The son of David." Jesus 
then and there put the final seal upon His claim of 
Messiahship when He healed the blind and lame. 

The rulers of the Jews had already rejected Jesus 
by their actions as recorded in Matthew 12, but the 
formal rejection must be made at the temple. The 
rejection was made in exact fulfillment of the word 
of Gabriel, at the end of the 69-year weeks. 

One should never refer to the palm Sunday en- 
tering of Jesus into Jerusalem as triumphant. It was 
only triumphal, because Israel rejected Him as their 
Prince and refused to crown Him as their King. One 
day He will make His triumphant entry, when His 
feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, 
which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the mount 
of Olives shall lie cleft in the midst thereof toxvard 
the east and toivard the west, and there shall be a very 
great valley; and half of the mountain shall move 
toward the north, and half of it toioard the south. . . 
(Zech. 14:4 A.S.V.). Then the Prince shall enter the 
east gate into the city. That east gate was walled up 
with masonry by the Mohammedans at the time of 
the Crusades and remains closed unto this day. But 
when He comes to Israel again, with all His glory, 
then shall the masonry be removed and the Prince 
will make His triumphal entry through its portals. 
Ezekiel saw it in his vision. Afterward he brought 
me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward 
the east . . . and the glory of Jehovah came into the 
house by the loay of the gate whose prospect is to- 
ward the east . . . and behold the glory of Jehovah 



filled the house. As for the east gate, Ezekiel continued 
in chapter 44:2, And Jehovah said unto me, This gate 
shall be shut; it shall not be opened, neither shall 
any man enter by it; for Jehovah, the God of Israel, 
hath e?itered in by it; therefore it shall be shut. As 
for the prince, he shall sit therein as prince to eat 
bread before Jehovah; he shall enter by the way of 
the porch of the gate, and shall go out by the way of 
the same. 

Back now to the Daniel record where we left it at 
verse 25. What does verse 26 in the statement, "The 
anointed one shall be cut off, and have nothing" 
mean? The Prince of the house of David, Jesus the 
anointed, came to claim His kingdom as promised to 
David. The royal line from David is traced in Matthew 
1:6-16. John the Baptist announced Him, and He 
offered Himself to Israel. "He came unto His own and 
His own received Him not." The "cut him off" as 
Daniel had predicted, and He had nothing in Israel. 
Being destitute of His realm and His people, He as- 
cended to His Father in Heaven, to direct the work 
of the calling out of the Gentiles a people for His 
name, a people to be His Bride. 

The timetable of Daniel must not be left at this 
point, for it falls short of completion in our study. 
Only sixty-nine sevens are accounted for — 69 of the 
70 that Jehovah decreed for Israel. As stated above, 
verses 26ff of Daniel 9 reveal it. And the people of 
the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and 
the sanctuary . . . and he shall make a firm covenant 
loith many for one week, or a seven. That is a year 
week. 

It must be noted here that Israel's prophetic his- 
tory came to a sudden stop when Jesus cleansed the 
temple at His Triumphal entry. A parenthesis occurs 
in Israel's history between the sixty-ninth and the 
seventieth week. The parenthesis is coexistant al- 
most entirely with the Church Age. The Church Age 
began on Pentecost, but it will end when the Lord 
catches the Church away to meet Him in the air 



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(I Thess. 4:13-18). The parenthesis for Israel's his- 
tory which began with the Triumphal entry, will 
end when tlie Lord's Church is caught away to be 
His Bride. Immediately, the seventieth week for Is- 
rael will start its course. 

History records who the people were that destroyed 
the city of Jerusalem. It was the Roman Empire under 
the hand of Titus the army general. The prince that 
shall come does not refer to the general Titus who 
destroyed the city. It refers to a prince that shall 
come from the people who destroyed the city. That 
prince shall come about the time of the beginning 
of the seventieth week. No prince of Rome has ever 
yet made a firm covenant witli many of Israel. The 
Roman Empire was broken up into the provincial 
governments of Europe — the ten toes of the metal 
image oi Nebuchadnezzar's vision recited in Daniel 
2:31-45. Before a prince can rise from the people that 
destroyed Jerusalem, that people must again be 
united, or reunited. Moreover, the many must again 
be in the Holy Land. Of the latter, there are over 
two million of Israel in Palestine today, practically all 
of whom have gathered there in the last sixty years. 
But Rome is not yet reunited, although there is an 
undercurrent of unity in Nato, and the economic 
agreements of the common market which could 
finally develop into a consolidated Europe. The re- 
uniting of the Roman Empire will be economic as 
well as political. When the uniting will ripen God only 
knows. But this, prophecy reveals, the seventieth 
week, or seven, cannot begin until the Times of the 
Gentiles he fulfilled. The Times of the Gentiles will be 
dealt with in another paper. 

The ending of the Times of the Gentiles, and the 
catching away of the Church in the rapture will be 
simultaneous occurrances. The Rapture of the Church 
will be treated later. As the seventieth loeek of Israel's 
timetable begins, the Dictator of the revised Roman 
Empire who will come to power near that time, will 
make the contract with the many Jews for the seven 
year period. The many will be apostate Jews. The 
righteous remnant will not be duped into entering 
any contract or covenant with a world Gentile power. 
The "prince that will come" is none other than the 
little horn on the fourth beast of Daniel 7; and the 
Beast out of the sea of Revelation 13. 

Under the firm covenant, or contract, or treaty 
which the Jews v/ill enter with the prince of Rome, 
the Jews will have possession of the Holy Places in 
Palestine. Then Jewry will be protected from outside 
interference. They can then erect a temple on the old 
temple site, and according to verse 27 of Daniel 9, 
will again set up the sacrificial order, else it could not 
be interrupted in the midst of the week. Isaiah re- 
ceived a true picture of Israel's agreement with dic- 
tatorial Rome and called it a "Covenant with death 
and sheol." 

As one views the Palestinian situation from the 
vantage point of 1965, he may well wonder why the 
city of Jerusalem is divided between Israeli and the 
Arab; and why the old temple site with its Mosque of 
Omar, or Dome of the Rock, is a part of Arab ter- 
ritory; and why the Jews do not build a temple else- 
where. The answer rests in one word— God. The hour 
of His timeclock is set. He is not ready yet. God 
moves in the affairs of men and especially in the 



destiny of His chosen people. The division of Jerusalem 
in the struggle between the Arab and the Jew in 
1948 may be of His design. The temple will not be 
built until He is ready, and no Israelite would think 
of a temple anywhere but on Mount Moriah, where 
Jehovah appeared to David ... in the threshing floor 
of Oman . . . 

The breaking of the covenant in the midst of the 
week; the time, times and a half of a time; the one 
who will come on the wing of abominations, and kin- 
dred items will appear in future papers on the pro- 
phetic story. 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 

MASSILLON, OHIO 

TT WAS a real privilege for the undersigned to work 

with the good people of Massillon in revival meet- 
ings during Thanksgiving week. We began on Sun- 
day evening and concluded the following Sunday with 
the Three-fold Communion service. We all need to 
have our faith challenged in these troubled times 
and the people of Massillon realized this as we turned 
to the great teachings in God's Word. The theme for 
the week was "Living for Jesus." The evangelist tried 
to point out when we live for self we fail miserably 
to do God's will. 

In addition to the preaching of the Word, the evan- 
gelist illustrated a gospel hymn and told a story to 
the children every evening. 

At the close of the meetings ten adults came to 
reconsecrate themselves to Christ. In the consecra- 
tion service they promised the Lord Jesus to work 
together in a greater way to complete the physical 
church structure that the spiritual church may also 
be a stronger one. 

On the last night of the meetings Mr. and Mrs. 
Akerman and Mr. and Mrs. Diana came forward and 
expressed their desire to unite with the Brethren in 
Massillon. They have all been worshipping with the 
people for some time and belonged to other churches 
and now wish to join the fellowship there. They will 
be the first to be baptized in the new church upon 
its completion. 

I am sure the Lord has many great and wonderful 
things in store for the Brethren in Massillon. While 
in the meetings, the floor was poured in the Sunday 
School unit. Most of the decking was complete on the 
roof and the people look forward to moving into the 
new church in early spring. 

Under the direction of their able pastor, Rev. J. 
G. Dodds, with the completion of their new church, 
the Massillon Brethren, working together, are going 
to do great things for the Lord Jesus Christ. I praise 
God for the opportunity of working among them and 
of sharing in the blessed Word of God. 

Don Rowser 



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The Brethren Evangelis- 




The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Program for February, 1965 



Topic: 

Fulfilling the Time — 
BY HIS WILL 



Hymns 
Introduction: 

"Don't be vague, but firmly grasp what you know 
to toe the will of the Lord" (Eph. 5:17, Phillips' Trans- 
lation) . 

Wherefore he ye not unwise, but understanding 
lohat the will of the Lord is (King James Version). 

"Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what 
the will of the Lord is" (Revised Standard Version) . 

Men of all countries and all ages have recognized 
the freedom of the human race in choosing what 
he or she would do. All law is based on the fact that 
man has the power to obey or disobey. Any penalty 
would be useless if we had no power to obey. The free- 
dom of the human will is everywhere acknowledged 
in the Scriptures. / call heaven and earth to record 
this day against you, that I have set before you life 
and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose 
life, that both thou and thy seed may live (Deut. 30: 
19) . Choose you this day lohom ye loill serve (Josh. 
24:15). We can go back to the day of Adam and Eve 
and see where they willingly disobeyed God (Genesis 
3:1-13). Then in Revelation 22:17 we read. And the 
Spirit and the bride say. Come. And let him that 
heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. 
And lohosoever loill, let him take the ivater of life 
freely. 
Topics for Discussion: 

1. How do we know what the will of God is? See 
II Tim. 2:15. Answer: By God's Word (Psalm 119:105). 

2. God's will is to send missionaries to all the 
world. Go ye therefore, and teach all natioiis, bap- 
tizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, 
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world 
(Matt. 28:19-20). What about our part in this plan? 

3. Don't be vague, but fully grasp what you know 
to be the will of the Lord. God's will is that we as- 
sume a humble attitude and seek relief from the many 
cares of this world through PRAYER. Prayer consists 



of offering our desires to God. Ask, and it shall be 
given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and ii 
shall be opened unto you (Matt. 7:7). 

4. Our prayers must be offered through the media- 
tion of Christ. Jesus declared, / am the way, the truth 
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, bui 
by me (John 14:6). Read John 15:16. 

5. Every unholy motive and every improper dispo- 
sition must, without reluctance or reserve, be given 
up. // / regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord loill not 
hear me (Psalm 66:18). 

6. Our prayers must be offered for things agree- 
able to the will of God. With every petition which is 
offered to God, the language of the heart should be, 
not as I will, hut as thou wilt. These words spoken 
by Jesus himself are proof enough. 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

MILLEDGEVILLE, ILL. 

THE MILLEDGEVILLE LAYMEN installed their new 
officers in October with Marvin Flynn as presi- 
dent; Owen Nye, vice president; Don Hollewell, secre- 
tary; and John Parks, treasurer. 

The new goals for the year were discussed and we 
decided to put more effort forth to meet them. The 
No. 3 goal has been partially met in the past, but the 
report to the laymen's editor every other month has 
been neglected. This year we asked for volunteers and 
the suggestion met with good response. We are also 
striving harder to have 100 per cent membership in 
the $10 Club. 

As president of the District Laymen, T would like to 
take this opportunity to urge as many laymen as pos- 
sible to attend both National and District Conferences. 
I think it is the duty of a good layman to know the 



January 16, 1965 

business of the church and how it is operated. I was 
fortunate this year to be able to attend both confer- 
ences, and I feel that I received a great blessing from 
them. One meets so many good and faithful Christian 
friends and renews old acquaintances, and also meets 
and gets to know the ministry of our denomination. 
The messages given by the different speakers gives a 
Christian much to thing about and to work toward. 
Let us, as laymen of the churches, work harder for 
the Lord and rely more on prayer. God always answers 
prayer, and I know he has answered many for me. 

Harold Real 



DERBY. KANS. 

THE LAYMEN of the Derby Brethren Church were 
host to the Boys' Brotherhood on October 17. 
A wiener roast was enjoyed by eight laymen and seven 
boys. Following the fellowship around the camp fire, 
the laymen assembled together indoors for our month- 
ly lesson. 



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The men attending the District Conference gave a 
report. Dwight Bishard and Paul Winter were able to 
represent us this year. We voted a goal of $5 per mem- 
ber of our laymen toward the district project which 
is to help with the travel expenses of Mr. and Mrs. 
Harold Bowers who are going to Nigeria to teach in 
the Waka school. 

We have started to work hard on our goals. 

Clifford Britten, Secretary 



It is recounted that Dwight L. Moody once said, 
"I was twenty years old before I ever heard a sermon 
on regeneration. I was always told to be good, but you 
might as well tell a black man to be white without 
telling him how. You might tell a slave to be free, 
but that would not make him free. But He frees us. 
We are a bad lot the whole of us, by nature. It is 
astonishing how the devil Winds us, and makes us 
think we are so naturally good ... It is regeneration 
by the power of the Holy Ghost we need." 

Charles L. Feinberg in FOCUS ON PROPH- 
ECY (Fleming H. Revell Company) 



Boys' Brotherhood Study Article — 

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT 

by GEORGE KERLIN 



But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- 
suffering, gentleness, faith — These are the words re- 
corded in the Holy (Scripture, Galatians 5:22. From 
these words we find, Christian character is not self- 
made, but is the gift of God through the work of the 
Holy Spirit within the hearts of each true Christian. 
Of these graces, love is the queen grace, for one is 
not a Christian without this possession. As we think 
of love, we at once think of God who is Love. The 
deeper-rooted you become in the true work of the 
Lord, the more abundance of love you possess and 
radiate. I know of no better way of judging a Chris- 
tian than by the love he radiates to his fellowmen. 
As one looks about in this world of ours today, he can 
certainly see the lack of this radiation. Many times 
we try to imagine what kind of a world this would 
be if everyone in it were Christian. It is almost above 
comprehension, yet if each Christian would draw 
himself a little closer to God, one would be surprised 
how that extra supply of love would brighten up this 
somewhat darkened world of ours. How can we be 
about our Father's business of winning souls to Him 
if we lack love for lost souls? If we possessed that 
queen of grace, love, we would not look down on our 
fellowmen because of race, creed or color, and this, too, 
would make a better world. 

We may ask ourselves if we really have to possess 
this grace to be a Christian? As I stated at the be- 
ginning, one cannot be a true Christian without this 
possession. We only have to read the Word of God 
to know this, for when the scribe asked Jesus which 
was the first commandment of all, Jesus answered, 



The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love 
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy 
soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: 
this is the first commandment (Mark 12:29, 30). 
When we do this, how can we not possess this grace 
of love? 

Each time we recall the crucifixion of Jesus, we are 
reminded of the great love Jesus had when He said. 
Forgive them for they know not what they do. As Je- 
sus walked on earth, we saw that great love radiate 
from Him through the great concern He had for His 
people. We see this same love in God who loved us so 
much He gave His only begotten Son who died on the 
cross for the forgiveness of our sins. 

All through the Bible we see this love radiating 
from all the saints. The great love Abraham had for 
God — so great that he would have sacrificed his son 
had not God stopped him; the great love Joseph 
had for his brothers — that he supplied them with food 
even after they had tried to kill him and then sold 
him into slavery; the love David possessed — so great 
he could not kill Saul when he had the opportunity 
because Saul was God's anointed. These are just a 
few of the many saints that possessed the fruit of 
the Spirit. Jesus said, Love your enemies, . . . and pray 
for them which despitefully use you. Can we do this 
without the grace of love? I think not. So as a Chris- 
tian world, let's draw ourselves to a closer walk with 
our Heavenly Father and possess the fruit of the 
Spirit, and let it shine from each of our lives, thus 
making this world a much better place to pass 
through. 



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FAREWELL CHAPEL 



by MRS. ROBERT HESS 



WHEN SEVENTY-THREE students in blue school 
jackets marched candle-in-hand to the rear 
of the Waka Chapel on the evening of November 29, 
the cog of time had slipped forward one more notch 
at Waka School, Nigeria. The service, which is a com- 
'bination of baccalaureate and graduation ceremony 
has come to be known as the annual Farewell Chapel, 
marked the end of one more phase in the educa- 
tional life of the leaving class. Three additional stu- 
dents were also members of the graduating class but 
did not take part in the service because they are 
Moslem. 

For twenty young men and two young ladies the 
event marked the end of six years of Nigerian High 
School study in the mission-related Waka Secondary 
School whereas the more fortunate companions in the 
class following them had been able to finish in five. 
The change was due to a move on the part of the 
Government to shorten the secondary school course. 
There were twenty-one boys and five girls in the sec- 
ond class. Together they became the first students 
to graduate from the new Church of the Brethren 
Secondary School at Biu, Nigeria. 

'Also among those marching into their futures were 
twenty-eight teachers, twenty-four men and four 




young women. They had just finished their two-year 
course at the Waka Teacher Training College and 
were headed for classrooms in the primary schools 
of the Church of the Brethren Mission in Nigeria, 
other missions and local government school systems. 
Actually they were all veterans of at least a year and 
in certain cases five or more years in classrooms where 
they had taught as more lowly quahfied teachers. The 
Farewell Chapel punctuated the completion of their 
efforts to gain higher qualifications. Thus they were 
going forth to teach without restrictions in any, or 
all, elementary school classes. 

The evening was of special significance to all at 
Waka — staff and even workmen — ^because it repre- 
sented the achievement of full maturity of the dream 
of building the secondary school. It was for this mo- 
ment that the building engineer had planned when 
he drew the blueprints more than six years ago, and 
it was for this that the teaching staff had aimed in 
the planning of courses of study and in the daily 
classroom work. Although the Waka Teacher Training 
College, which is on the same campus, thereby marked 
the completion of its fourteenth year, the exercises 
also fulfilled the goals and aspirations of both stu- 
dents and staff. 

The future is strange and uncharted for most of 
the secondary students. None of them have parents 
who have come so far in formal education and few 
have any close relatives who have done so. In per- 
haps a majority of cases one or both of the parents 
are illiterate and in many cases the level of the 
standard of living is exceedingly low. Only with great 
effort and by the help of generous people have most 
of these students been able to obtain the yearly fees 
of approximately $55. Disease, superstition and poverty 
are the rule of life in the homes of student after stu- 
dent. There are few who have associates to guide 
them into the life of a high school graduate. 

But for these graduates the future holds golden 
promise. Perhaps a dozen may get the opportunity 



January 16, 1965 



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of higher education eventually meaning university 
degrees for a few. Others will go into nursing, teach- 
ing, the army, police, agriculture, industry or ad- 
ministration. Among those who cannot take the path 
toward university, many will be given opportunities 
for further specialized training. Their country is a 
young country struggling to become a modern de- 
mocracy and desperately looking for young people who 
have the sought-for schoohng. 

The young people who have thus marked the end 
of one phase of their lives in the Farewell Chapel 



service are therefore among the rising generation of 
trained personnel to whom their countrymen look. 

To them also the Church looks. On hand for the 
service was a Nigerian representative of the church 
in the area who charged those departing with their 
Christian responsibilities. The Church is proud of 
these young graduates and grateful that they should 
have had the opportunity to receive teaching qualifi- 
cations or high school leaving certificates. Although 
few will become full time church men, the church 
sees in them a well-trained and active laity. 



Missions Matter NOW 




You know vs^hat it means to be saved! And if there is any doubt, 
there are hundreds of churches, and Bibles, for you to make sure 
you are on the train that leads to Heaven. 

But what about him? What about the pagan whose washing ma- 
chine is the local river, whose bed is the earth, whose book is the 
missionary! His eternal future hinges on one thin small strand. 
While you are drenched in the shower of His message, he reaches 
out for a few mercy drops of life-giving rain — the mercy drops 
of the Gospel. 

You've got your ticket to Heaven. Give him an equal chance to 
board the same express! 

Every dollar you invest in missions helps in the winning of some 
soul to Christ! 

Excerpt from Sarasota Church Bulletin 11-8-64 



PRAYER DAY FOR BROADCASTING ANNOUNCED 



Talcottville, Conn. (Missionary News Service) Sunday, June 13, 1965, 
has been designated as a World Day of Prayer for gospel broadcasting, it 
was announced here by officers of International Christian Broadcasters. 
Materials about Christian broadcasting will be made available to churches 
in an effort to enlist united prayer for this vital work. 



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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Our Hearts' Desire" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Weddings 4 

Daily Devotions — January 31-February 6 .... 5 
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NOTES and COMMENTS 

A DAUGHTER BORN TO 
THE KEN SOLOMONS 




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DAUGHTER, Margaret 
Marie, was born to Jean- 
ette and Ken Solomon, Soldini, 
Argentina, on Saturday, Jan- 
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This fourth child and second 
daughter in the family has been, 
named for her maternal grand- 
mother, Mrs. Margaret De-! 
Lozier of Ashland, Ohio, and' 
her paternal grandmother, Mrs.' 
Marie Solomon of Uniontown/ 
Pennsylvania. 

We wish to congratulate the. 
Solomons upon the birth of this 
new daughter and wish for them the very best.l 
Remember to pray for this family as they labor;^ 
in South America for the Lord and for the Breth^ 
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COMING SOON 

BEGINNING in February, The Brethren Evan- 
gelist will contain the first article of a series 
on the doctrines of the churcli. The first one will 
be on "Feet-washing" by Dr. Joseph R. Shultz of 
the Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Other subjects will be: "The Love Feast;" "The 
Eucharist;" "The Holy Kiss;" "Trine Immersion;" 
"The Laying on of Hands;" "Anointing with Oil;" 
"Church Membership;" "Stewardship in the Local 
Church;" "Nonconformity;" and "The Second Com- 
ing." We are certain that you will appreciate these 
articles as they will appear. 



"THEY WENT TO CHURCH IN MOSCOW" 

Be SURE to read the article entitled "They 
Went to Church in Moscow" by Myron J. 
Taylor, found on page 15 of this magazine. 

This article relates the experiences of Mr. and 
Mrs. James McKenzie of Portsmouth, Ohio, as they 
made an exchange visit to Russia. The article was 
written by their pastor. 




The Brethren Layman 

(Boys' Brotherhood Program for February) 18 

Woman's Missionary Society 21 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . . 22 



January 23, 1965 



the 

editor's 

editorial 



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'Our htearts desire" 



The following- is a little article that your Edi- 
tor felt would be of value to each of us as we con- 
sider our mission as Christians. Read this over 
very carefully and think upon these things! S.G. 



Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for 
Israel is, that they might he saved (Rom. 10:1). 

Not long ago I had the privilege of visiting in the 
home of a Jewish couple. Both were orthodox, the 
wife's grandfather having been a rabbi, of the tribe 
of Levi, who had died the very day that the Rus- 
sians and Americans had met in Berhn. Needless to 
say there was hatred in their hearts toward the Ger- 
mans, the wife's kinfolk having suffered at their 
hands during the period of extreme anti-Semitism. 
This couple had lived in the States only eig'hteen 
months, having come from Israel, where they had 
sojourned for thirteen years. As I tallced with them, 
my heart burned within me, reahzing that I was 
talking with some of God's chosen people — descend- 
ants of those who had been led out of Egypt to go 
to the Promised Land; heirs of the promise which 
God made to Abraham. 

The more I talked with the husband, the more I 
reahzed I was not talking with an Israelite in name 
only, but one who was well educated in Jewish his- 
tory; one orthodox in the keeping of the law. In fact, 
before I left the home they showed me the word of 
God on its doorpost. The wife told how her grand- 
father kept not only the Ten Commandments but over 
600 other commandments written in the Word. For 
instance, she said he would burn no light whatever on 
the Sabbath. 

I tried to talk to these dear folk about Christ, but 
ait this point their anger kindled. I gave them my own 
personal testimony — ^that I was a Gentile sinner away 
from God; that Christ who had died, had made rec- 
onciliation for me; that only in Him could I stand 
and say I was at peace with Him. The husband an- 
swered that I was just being modest when I said my 
relationship with God was dependent upon Jesus. 

As I came away from this home, I felt I knew some- 
thing of what Paul meant when he wrote, / could 
wish myself were accursed from Christ for my breth- 
ren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: loho are Is- 
raelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the 
glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, 
and the service of God, and the promises (Rom. 9: 
3, 4). 

In the hope that we may recapture something of 
the passion which moved Paul in his missionary 
labors, let us examine three great realities in his life: 

1. A Genuine ExperieJice with God. The apostle 
knew the time, place and circumstances surrounding 
the experience. He knew in whom he had believed. 



He was not ashamed. He was made a new creature. 
Old things had passed away, new things appeared. 
People noticed it — "He which persecuted us in times 
past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. 
And they glorified God in him." 

In my mind's eye I can see Ananias as he walks 
along the street called Straight. He comes to the 
house of Judas. There he inquires if one named Saul 
of Tarsus is present. I can see Ananias as he goes 
over to Saul and lays his hands upon him. I can 
hear those tender words which he utters: Brother 
Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee 
in the way as thou earnest, hath sent me, that thou 
mightest receive thy sight, and be filled loith the 
Holy Ghost (Acts 9:17). Immediately there fell from 
his eyes something like scales. His sight is restored. 
He arises and is baptized. The apostle never forgot 
that wonderful experience, but witnessed to it be- 
fore all whom he met. 

Paul leaned heavily upon experience. Even after 
his conversion he saw the need of a growth in grace 
and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. His 
determination was to "press toward the mark for the 
prize of the liigh calling of God in Christ Jesus." 

Many Pharisees and a host of Sadducees ridiculed 
Paul for his belief, but he stood firm. He said: // in 
this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all 
men most miserable. Noio is Christ risen from the 
dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept 
(I Cor. 15:19, 20). "When he shall appear, then shall 
we appear with Him in glory." 

If he were here today I think that he would ex- 
press it in the words of that grand song which says: 
"My hope is built on nothing less 
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness. 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame. 
But wholly lean on Jesus' name. 
On Christ the solid rock I stand, 
All other ground is sinking sand." 

2. The Mind of Christ Concerning His Mission. 
The apostle had a clear conception of the mission of 
our Lord. That objective was before him continually. 
He never forgot that Jesus died for the sins of the 
whole world. He said: For there is no difference be- 
tween the Jeio and the Greek: for the same Lord 
over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For who- 
soever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall 
be saved (Rom. 10:12, 13). 

There are some questions about which the apostle 
was very much concerned. He wrote the same in a 



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letter to the Romans: How shall they (Jews and. 
Greeks) call on Him in whom they have not believed? 
How shall they believe in Him of whom they have 
not heard? How shall they hear without a preacher? 
How shall they preach except they be sent? These 
questions deeply concern every Christian today. The 
issue must be met. God calls us to witness to the 
saving virtue of Jesus' death and resurrection. 

3. God's Sustaining Grace. Nothing was more 
precious to the apostle than grace. In each of his 
letters there is a note of grace attached. He wanted 
to come to them in the "fullness of the blessing." 
We also find him saying that enticing words of man's 



wisdom were far from what he desired. He mus' 
come to them in the demonstration of the Spiri 
and of power, that *heir faith should not stand ii 
the wisdom of man, but in the power of God." 

As we observed Christian workers today we find thaJ 
those who give themselves to the work unreservedl; 
are those to whom grace is given. We are fully con' 
vinced that we will keep the blessing of God upoi 
our lives only as we forever seek to see others saved 
We shall not only be interested in those at home bu 
those around the world. A passion for the lost mus 
go beyond the front door of our churches. "Wheri 
there is no vision, the people perish." 

— ^Free Methodis 




Meyersdale, Pa. Rev. Robert Hoff- 
man reports that two boys were 
baptized and received into mem- 
bership of tlie church on December 
27. He also reports that the Main 
Street Brethren Church entered 
a team in the area Church Basket- 
ball League for the year. The De- 
cember average attendance in Sun- 
day School shows an increase over 
last year. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. On December 
13, one person was received into 
membership by baptism, according 
to Rev. Percy Miller, interim pas- 
tor. An installation service for Rev. 
Donald Rowser was held on Sun- 
day, January 17; this service was 
followed by a reception for him and 
his family. Rev. Rowser took over 
the pastorate during the week of 
November 10. 

North Georgfetown, Oliio. On Sunday 
evening, December 27, five young 
people were baptized by Rev. Keith 
Bennett at the Canton Trinity 
Brethren Church. They will be 
received into tlie church at a later 
date. Dr. Bruce Stark, professor at 
the Ashland Theological Seminary, 
is acting pastor. 

Smith\ille, Ohio. A baptismal service 
was held for two persons recently 
and they were received into mem- 
bership of the church on Sunday, 
January 10. On this Sunday, a 



farewell dinner was given in honor 
of Rev. and Mrs. Donald Rowser 
and family following the worship 
service. 

Ardmore, Ind. Rev. William Cole re- 
ports that a young man who is 
now in the Marines was confirmed 
and welcomed into membership of 
the Church on New Year's Day. 

Flora, Ind. Mrs. Lee Voorhees, cor- 
responding secretary, reports that 
Rev. Wm. Livingston has recently 
resigned as pastor of the church 
to take over duties as superintend- 
ent of the Brethren's Home near 
Flora. She also reports that one 
person was baptized and received 
into the church recently. 

Falls City, Nebr. Rev. Robert Hol- 
singer reports that Mr. John Porte, 
Field Secretary of the Brethren 
Church, and Miss Beverly Summy, 
Acting Brethren Youth Director, 
were speakers at a special meeting 
on Saturday evening, January 9. 
Mr. Porte was the guest speaker 
for the Laymen's Public Service on 
Sunday, January 10. 

Pastor Wanted 

The First Brethren Church of 
Peru, Indiana, will be in need of a 
full time pastor as of July 1, 1965. 
If you are interested, please contact: 
Mr. Amos Combs 
126 East 8th Street 
Peru, Indiana 



Weddings 

HARTTER-JESSOP. Miss Conni: 
Hartter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs 
Elmer Hartter of Milford, Ind., be 
came the bride of Mr. Joseph Jes 
sop, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kurmai 
Jessop of Milford, Ind., on Saturda; 
evening, January 2, 1965. 

The ceremony was performed b; 
the undersigned, pastor of th' 
church. 

Rev. Frank Barke 



Memorials 

BAME. Mrs. Donald (Ruby) Bam( 
passed away on December 20, 1964 
following an illness of several weeks 
Besides her husband, she is survive! 
by two children, Patricia Bame Crool 
and Charles; her father, H. C. Oliver 
two sisters, Mrs. L. E. Lindower anc 
Mrs. W. H. Wagner. She was a mem 
ber of the First Brethren Church 
Ashland, Ohio. The Memorial service: 
were conducted by the undersignet 
and Dr. L. E. Lindower. Burial wa 
in the Ashland Cemetery. 

Rev. Phil Lersch 

* * :H 

REIGER. Mrs. Mary E. Reiger 
79, passed away on January 5, 1965 
following a lingering illness. Mrs 
Reiger was a member of the Firs 
Brethren Church in Falls City, Neb 
raska, and had served in many of 
fices down through the years. 

She was the sister of Rev. J. G 
Dodds, pastor of the Massillon Breth- 
ren Church, Massillon, Ohio. 

Funeral services were conducted 
by Rev. Robert Holsinger, pastor 
assisted by Rev. M. W. Dodds, i 
nephew. 

Mrs. F. P. Schroedl 



* January 23, 1965 



Daily Devotions 

.General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIME" 
Theme for January — "BY GIVING YOUR TALENTS TO HIM" 

Writer lor January — Re\. W. St. Clair Benshoff 
January 31 - February 6 — "For the Purpose of Soul Winning" 



Sunday, January 31, 1965 

Read Scripture: Proverbs 11:27-31 
The 'fruit of the righteous is a 
tree of life; and he that winneth 
souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30). 

The United States is perhaps the 
most favored nation ever to exist 
upon the earth. Without doubt the 
many blessings and facilities we 
have are a God-given sacred trust. 
Why has He thus favored us? Un- 
doubtedly so that we might be- 
come the greatest nation of soul- 
winners in the history of man. We 
have to wonder just what the state 
of the world's nations would be at 
the moment had we been faithful 
to our trust and used our great 
blessings to bring blessings to 
others through the ministry of the 
Gospel. It is not yet too late, but 
we must act quiclily. First, our 
lives must measure up to that of 
God's standard. Secondly, we must 
then be active in personal soul- 
winning, for "he that winneth souls 
is wise." 

The Day's Thought 
"Go and tell how great things 
the Lord hath done for you." 

Monday, February 1, 1965 

Read Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22 
And he saith unto them, Folloic 
me, and I ivill make you fishers of 
men (Matthew 4:19). 

With soul-winning being the 
main business of the Christian, we 
cannot help but wonder how the 
many non-soul-winner Christians 
view their responsibility. Can being 
redeemed from sin mean so little 
to a Christian that there is no de- 
sire to tell another person about 
Christ? Of all the multitude of 
"things" a Christian can do in ser- 
vice to God and the church, there 
is but one thing which Christ drew 
out as being really important — Fol- 
low me, and I will malce you fishers 
of men." Soul-winners are those 



who appreciate what Christ did to 
redeem them from sin, and who 
are not content until they are 
faithfully witnessing to those yet 
away from the redeeming grace of 
our Lord. Are you a soul- winner? 
Praise God, if you are! If you 
aren't why not? 

The Day's Thought 
To follow Christ is to become a 
soul-winner, for that is what He 
was. 

Tuesday, February 2, 1985 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 9: 
16-19 

For though I be free from all 
7nen, yet have I made myself ser- 
vant unto all, that I might gain the 
more (I Corinthians 9:19). 

Paul's desire was to win men to 
Christ. Even though he might have 
felt that he was free from any ob- 
ligation to them, yet he loved peo- 
ple so much that he felt he must 
witness to them about Christ. How 
easily we pass off spealiing to 
others about Christ by saying, 
"They don't live near me; there 
are other people who should talk 
to them; if they'd go to church they 
could hear the Gospel; there are 
churches and preachers near where 
they live, let 'them' get out and 
get them." Opportunity is not lim- 
ited to geographical areas, nor by 
other peoples' responsibilities. It is 
when we, through love for others, 
have a chance to witness. This the 
true Christian servant will do, 
gaining many for Christ. 
The Day's Thought 

Whenever and wherever a soul 
needs Christ, that is an oppor- 
tunity to witness. 

Wednesda.v, February 3, 1965 

P^ead Scripture: I Corinthians 9: 
19-23 

And unto the Jews I became as 
a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; 



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to them that are under the law, 
as under the laio, that I might gain 
them that are under the laiv (I 
Corinthians 9:20) . 

Again Paul spealcs of "gaining" 
men for Christ. To do this he in- 
dicates a successful approach to 
soul-winning. He projected himself 
into the individual — into his life, 
his problems, his dreams, his am- 
bitions, and by so doing was able 
to understand him. He could then 
witness to him as an individual, 
showing the love of God toward 
him. Christ did this. In other words, 
as did Christ, we need to become 
personally interested in the per- 
son as an individual for whom 
Christ died. There is a fine line to 
be drawn between becoming inter- 
ested and becoming emotionally in- 
volved with a person we are trying 
to reach for Christ. We have to 
guard against becoming thus in- 
volved, but the sincere worlcer for 
Christ will guard himself, too. 

The Day's Thought 

In preaching the Gospel, we must 
also live the Gospel. 

Thursday, February 4, 1965 

Read Scripture: John 1:43-51 

Philip findeth Nathanael, and 
saith unto him. We have found 
him, of ivhom Moses in the laic, 
and the prophets, did write, Jesus 
of Nazareth, the son of Joseph 
(John 1:45). 

Should we invite people to 
church? Is it not generally true 
that most invitations to attend 
church services go unheeded by 
the multitudes? Services are an- 
nounced, publicity is sent out, and 
the "faithful few" and the "regu- 
lars" show up. It is a self-evident 
truth, then, that if we are to 
reach the "unsaved," we must go 
and find them, and witness to them 
about Christ. Well, what are we 
waiting for? What have we been 
waiting for for so many years? If 
we are going to do the business 
of the church (soul-winning), we 
are going to have to get up out of 
our pews of ease and go out into 
the highways and byways to tell 
the unconcerned that they need 
Christ. Love them as God loves 
them and then we can point them 
to Christ. 

The Day's Thought 

Suppose no one would have made 
the effort to "find" us for Christ. 



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Friday, February 5, 1965 

Read Scripture: Daniel 12:1-3 

A7id they that be loise shall shine 
as the brightness of the flrmament; 
and they that turn many to right- 
eousness as the stars for ever anl 
ever (Daniel 12:3) . 

The "wise" Christian is the one 
who is about his Father's business 
— soul-winning. Nat only will many 
lost persons find salvation through 
Christ as a result of the wise Chris- 
tian, but such a person will be 
highly favored in time to come. 
The dazzling brightness of the sun 
shall be as nothing compared to 
the glorious beauty of the soul- 
winning Christian. This will not 
be a temporary status, for Daniel 
indicates that it is "for ever and 
ever." Unending joy is promised to 
the Christian who wins souls for 
Christ. However, it seems that the 



greatest joy will be to be standing 
at the throne of God and have 
someone tap us on the shoulder 
and say, "Thanks for telling me 
about Christ when we were on 
earth." Multiplied by the many we 
reach here for Christ should be 
reward enough for us. 

The Day's Thought 

The Gospel is the power of God 
unto salvation. 

Saturday, February G, 1965 

Read Scripture: James 5:17-20 

Let him know, that he which 
converteth the sinner from the er- 
ror of his way shall save a soul 
from death, and shall hide a mul- 
titude of sins (James 5:20). 

There is m'ore Gospel theology 
in this verse in James than first 
appears. We know that when a per- 



son accepts Christ, having ac- 
knowledged Him as the Son of, 
God, he is redeemed, or saved. HisI 
sin is covered by the blood ofj 
Christ. Also, a person so saved iS| 
a new creature in Christ Jesus andl 
can build and live a new life. Old 
things are passed away. Let us not 
become indifferent to the spiritual 
needs of others, but seek earnestly, 
pray faithfully, manifesting an in- 
terest in 'Others, guarding our own 
lives, and the fruits of our endeav- 
ors will be evident. Pray for the 
Holy iSpirit to convict the sinner 
of his sin, pray for the wisdom 
to speak to the individual, and then 
let God's marvellous grace do its 
soul-purifying work. A barren life 
shall then become a fruitful one. 
The Day's Thought 
"Be thou faithful unto death and 
I will give thee a crown of life." 



CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Hoisinger 




Ileauiiigs jroiii ihe Uospel according to St. Mark 
Memory Scripture for the montli — Mark 12:30 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and loith all thy soul aiid with all thy mind, 
and with all thy strength: this is the first command- 
ment. 

January 31 - February (i 



SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 1965 
Read Scripture: Mark 13:26-31 

The Clouds 

'It looks like the sky is moving," said Linda. 

"It's really the clouds that are moving," explained 
Gary. 

"What makes them move so fast?" wondered Linda. 

"The wind," replied Gary. '^See how the tree 
branches are moving? And the snow, too. The wind 
is making them move." 

"Look at that man," laughed Linda. "It's hard for 
him to walk against the wind." 

"Yes," agreed Gary. "The wind is strong. It makes 
the clouds move fast." 

"Do you know what Jesus told us about the clouds?" 
asked Daddy. 

The children shook their heads. 

"He said," continued Daddy, "that someday He 
would come back to earth and we will see Him coming 



through the clouds. I think of that whenever I see 
the lovely clouds in the sky." 

"Now the clouds will remind me of Jesus' coming, 
too," said Linda. 

"Maybe it will be a day like this," exclaimed Gary, 
"When the clouds are moving fast!" 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for sending Jesus to be my Savior. 
Thank You that He is coming again to take those 
who love Him to heaven. In His name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 13:32-37 j 

Coming Soon 

"When will Aunt Doris get here?" asked Gary as 
he picked up a freshly-baked cookie from the table. 

"I don't know," replied Mom. "She has eight hun- 
dred miles to drive. She may get here late tonight or 
she might come sometime tomorrow. We have her 
room and everything ready." 

"I'll be glad to see her whenever she gets here," 
declared Gary. 

"So many cars go by," sighed Linda, "but none of 
them belong to Aunt Doris." 

"Keep watching," encouraged Mom. "She will be 
coming." 

Jesus promised to come back. We don't know when 
He will come. We want to watch and be ready for Him. 
Prayer: 

I love You, Jesus, and I want to be ready when 
You come. Help me to read the Bible and pray. Help 
me to understand and obey the things You tell me. 
Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 14:3-9 

The Best 

"That's a pretty bottle. Aunt Doris," said Linda as 
she watched Aunt Doris unpack her suitcase. 



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"That's a bottle of perfume I received for my birth- 
iday," answered Aunt Doris. 

"The perfume is almost gone. Would you lilie the 
ibottle when it's empty?" 

"Oh, yes," replied Linda. "I like perfume bottles. 
They remind me of the woman who poured her per- 
fume on Jesus' head." 

"She wanted to give Him a gift to show her love," 
said Aunt Doris. "She gave Him the best she had." 

"Some of the people thought it was a strange thing 
|for her to do," remembered Linda. 

"Yes," nodded Aunt Doris. "But Jesus spolce kindly 
to her. He is always pleased when we give our best 
to Him because we love Him." 
Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, there are many ways I can show I love 
You. I do not have lots of money to give, but help 
me to remember as long as I am doing my best You 
are pleased. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 11:1-10 
The Walk 

"It's warmer out today," said Gary when he came 
home from school. "May we take the puppies outside?" 

"Yes," answered Mom. "I think Queenie would en- 
joy taking her family for a walk." 

'Walk! Walk! Me too," said Betsy. 

"Yes," laughed Linda. "You may go, too." 

Soon the three children, Queenie, her puppies, and, 
of course. Mittens the kitten were walking down the 
sidewalk. 

"Such a parade!" laughed Mom as she watched 
them from the window. 

In no time, all the children in the neighborhood 
gathered about. 

"Look, Betsy is walking!" someone shouted. 

"The puppies! The cute puppies!" said another. 

"Oh, see the kitten. The kitten has a dog for a 
mother," laughed another. 

Slowly and happily the children and animals made 
their way around the block and back to their own 
home. 

"That reminded me," laughed Gary, "of the time 
the crowd followed Jesus into Jerusalem. Everyone 
was glad He was there. They all shouted and talked 
■at once." 

"Yes," said Mom. "They were saying He was king. 
That's just what Jesus wants to be — king of our lives." 
Prayer: 

I'm glad You came to earth, dear Jesus, to tell me 
of God. I want You to be my Savior and King. Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 15:22-33 
Saved 

Queenie barked excitedly. She ran into the street, 
picked Mittens up by the fur on the back of her neck, 
and hurried back to the curb. 

"Did you see that?" shouted Gary. 

'^Sure did!" answered Linda. 

"That car almost ran over Mittens," said Gary. 

"Queenie might have been killed, too," added Linda. 

"Queenie didn't think about herself," replied Gary. 
"She was thinking about saving Mittens. She loves 
that kitten." 



Linda nodded. "Now I understand better about Je- 
sus. He was thinking about you and me and all the 
other people when He died on the cross. He loves us 
and died to save us." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, for loving me. Thank You for 
dying on the cross to save me. Help me never to forget 
You are my Savior. Amen. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 16:1-7 
It Is Open 

"Please get the book on the front seat of my car, 
Linda," called Aunt Doris. Then she closed the win- 
dow quickly for it was very cold outside. 

Linda started toward the garage. 

Gary came running home from school. "Hi, Linda," 
he said. "You beat me home. Why do you look so 
unhappy?" 

"Aunt Doris wants me to get a book in her car for 
her. I can't open the garage door. It sticks," explained 
Linda. 

"It is hard," agreed Gary. "I'll see if I can help you." 

"Oh, look there!" exclaimed Linda. "The door is 
open!" 

"Just like the rock was rolled away from Jesus' 
tomb," laughed Gary. 

"The women found the hard work was done for 
them," said Linda. "Most important of all, though, 
they found that Jesus was alive again. What a glad 
time that was!" 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know Jesus is living. Thank 
You that I know someday I will live in heaven with 
Him. In His name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1965 

Read Scripture: Mark 16:14-20 

Tell Others 

"You seem happy all the time. Aunt Doris," said 
Linda. 

"I am happy," answered Aunt Doris. "Tomorrow 
your Uncle Jim will come. Then in another month we 
will sail for Nigeria." 

"I wish you didn't have to go so far away," sighed 
Linda. "It will be such a long time before we see you 
again." 

"I know," agreed Aunt Doris, "but we are doing 
what Jesus wants us to do. He told us to go into all 
the world. He wants some people to work for Him at 
home. He wants others to work away. We know He 
wants us in Nigeria to tell people of God. We wouldn't 
be happy anywhere else." 

"Do people always know where they can best serve 
Jesus?" Linda wondered. 

"Yes," answered Aunt Doris. "If they try to follow 
Him, they know where and how He wants them to 
serve." 

"I'm going to follow Jesus," said Linda. "I know I 
will be happiest if I do." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for Jesus. While I am young help 
me to learn and to do all I can for You. Help me to 
know what You want me to do when I'm older, too. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



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NIGERIA 



As WE REFLECT on the past year we give sincere 
thanks to God tor His kindness to us. We praise 
Him for the growth of our own area church (Lardin 
Gabas) and for the strengthening of the Fellowship of 
Churches of Christ in the Sudan and the Christian Coun- 
cil of Nigeria. 

During the year we welcomed the executive visit of 
Calvert N. Ellis, chairman of the Foreign Mission Com- 
mission, Virgil Ingraham, general secretary of the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church, and J. Henry 
Long, executive secretary of the Foreign Mission Commis- 
sion, Church of the Brethren. We are thankful for the 
encouragement which was given by the visitors to in- 
crease our program and working budgets. We especially 
note the increase for missionary evangelistic travel, lan- 
guage study, new vehicles, and remodeling residences and 
vacation facilities. 

One of the significant aspects of the visit was the 
inauguration of a new administrative structure for the 
mission. This brings the church in America and the 
church here into a new relationship. Missionary church- 
men are now primarily and directly responsible to the 
Lardin Gabas for all their work. 

Impact of Witness 

While the impact of the Christian witness is far- 
reaching in education, medicine, and agriculture, we 
feel here that our greatest strides as a mission come in 
extending the church's life itself. In the past year 1,674 
new members were baptized, increasing the membership 
of the church to over 10,000 persons. Another 2,300 per- 
sons have taken the covenant and are preparing for 
church membership. Preaching on any given Sanday 
occurs at 266 places of worship. More than 22,000 persons 
on the average gather at these services. 

We have been pleased and impressed by the number 
of missionaries who have come to serve with us from 
other denominational backgrounds. At the present time, 
we have among our eighty-eight missionaries persons 
from six denominations other than the Church of the 
Brethren. We are also enjoying the fine relationship 
with the Evangelical Missionary Society of Basel, Swit- 
zerland, on the northeast border of our mission area. 
We have supplied them with some primary school teach- 



ers and they have students at Kulp Bible School. W 
have been discussing the possibilities of receiving sta 
from their mission. Negotiations are under way to ha\ 
their converts become a part of Lardin Gabas. 

The church rejoices that during the year more N 
gerians have been able to accept places of responsibilit; 
But as we look to the future we continue to face th 
problem of insufficient leadei-ship. Our pastors and mii 
isters are in need of more training. We also expi'es 
concern that so many of our congregations do not hav 
missionary churchmen to help them during this stag 
of transition. 

Magnitude in Action 

The magnitude of the Brethren witness is seen in edi 
cation as well as in evangelism. At the beginning of th 
year there were 42 pi'imary schools training over 7,0C 
pupils to take their place in their communities and th 
church. We have 202 Nigerian teachers in our progran 

We are happy for the relatively smooth turnover c 
three of our mission schools to the Bornu Educatio 
Authority. This was a first for our mission and for thi 
part of Nigeria. As this nation struggles for her economy 
it is difficult to predict what financial assistance froi 




General Secretary's Deputation. Left to right — Elder Ma 
Sule, Virgil Ingraham, Roger Ingold and Elder Ngamariji 



January 23, 1965 

the government can be expected for the operation of 
our schools. This is easily the most diflFicult and discour- 
aging aspect of the educational program. The grant 
system was changed this year, doubling the cost borne 
by the mission and the community. One school closed 
because of this action. 

Waka Schools continue to develop into smoothly run- 
ning institutions. The Teacher Training College is a 
five-year program for the development of primary teach- 
ers. The December 1963 class was the first to leave with 
full qualifications to teach all classes in the primary 
school. This program has 149 students enrolled in it. 
The Waka Secondary School program has 161 students. 
We presently have the best qualified staff which we have 
ever had at these schools but some posts need to be 
filled and we need to plan for more permanency of that 
staff. 

Medical Ministry Increases 

In the United States there is about one doctor for 
less than one thousand persons. In our area we have a 
ratio of one doctor for every one hundred thousand 
persons. This accounts for our continued increase in the 
work load. During the past five years the patient load at 
Garkida Hospital has increased fifty per cent and in 
1963 deliveries alone increased twenty per cent. Our 
eleven mission station dispensaries treated some sixty 
thousand new cases this year. 

Northern Nigeria has the largest leprosy control 
scheme in the world, and one half million people have 
been treated since its inception. We have played a sig- 
nificant role in the development of this scheme in our 
area, so that although leprosy is still a problem, there 
has been a marked reduction in its incidence. During 
the year twenty-eight per cent of the cases surveyed 
in outpatient clinics were discharged cured. At our 
Garkida Hospital we are continuing our rehabilitation, 
agricultural, and occupational therapy programs and 
seeking more Nigerian participation in administration. 

The 1964 Simulium fly survey of the Hawal River Val- 
ley indicated that the river blindness project was a 
success. The fly has either been eradicated or temporarily 
controlled. Dr. Bui-ke's public health program has also 
provided a successful introduction to "prevention rather 
than cure" medicine. 

Rural Development 

Each year more farmers come for service and advice 
from the rural development staflF. Seventeen farmers 
were given loans this season, making a total of 102 who 
have been helped with oxen and plow. Thirty have paid 
off their loans. A few are now getting wagons, peanut 
hullers, and other equipment. We are introducing a pea- 
nut digger, a cultivator, and a drag. We hope to de- 
velop a planter. These are to be used with oxen, al- 
though some tractors are doing custom work in the rice- 
land preparation. 

The Future Farmer clubs continue. The Kulp Bible 
School graduates have been able to show others im- 
proved methods followed in the school. The poultry and 
swine projects excited interest, fertilizers and insecti- 



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"'^"*^i>'. 



WILL 



cides were distributed, and new varieties of peanuts, 
corn and rice were widely used this year. We also de- 
veloped a shallow-well digger which helped many com- 
munities during the dry season. 

Some 370 girls participate in the Girls' Life Brigade. 
Official permission has just been granted to organize 
another girls' group which uses the local vernacular. 
Personnel 

M. Umaru H. Tarfu began his duties in November 
as the assistant manager of the primary schools. Dur- 
ing the year, fifteen persons were appointed to serve in 
Nigeria. Two medical doctors will also be arriving in 
January for a three-month term. 

Missionary personnel assigned to Nigeria, including 
missionaries on furlough, short-term workers, BVS'ers, 
I-W's and non-Brethren with the mission, total eighty- 
eight. 

Summing Up 

There continues to be much opportunity for expansion 
in all of our program areas in Nigeria. We believe a still 
greater work awaits the church there. 

GOSPEL MESSENGER 
Church of the Brethren 



Missionaries' 
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS 



Valerie Rowsey 
Rebecca Byler 
H. Raymond Aspinall 
Deborah Curtis 



January 1, 1962 
January 11, 1958 
January 19 
January 20, 1960 



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Youth 
Crusaders 




STEWARDSHIP 

Junior Topic under 
Goal number 5 



SCRIPTURE— Philippians 4:13-23 

MUSIC — "A Charge to Keep I Have," "Jesus Paid 
It All." 

PUBLICITY — Make a poster showing people in various 
acts of stewardship such as singing, placing money 
in an offering plate or a clock to show the value of 
time. These pictures may be obtained from maga- 
zines, church materials or may be drawn on the 
poster. Be sure to include all the vital information 
such as time, place, date and topic title. 

LESSON— 




Part I — In this section of our study we suggest that 
you make a large clock on posterboard leaving enough 
raom around the edges to write in various items. The 
object of this section of study will be to show each 
person how valuable his time is for God. Have the 
youth name different things they should be doing 
for Christ and write these items at the hour mark on 
the clock. Therefore, you should have at least 12 



different things to correspond with the hours marked 
on the clock. If you have a chalkboard available, you 
might want to use it rather than the posterboard. 
You might want to include such suggestions as at- 
tending church services, youth meetings, visiting the 
sick, helping a neighbor, witnessing, etc. 

After these ideas are named and written down, ask 
each student to consider them and see how many 
of these activities are included in his hours. Point 
out that we use much of our time for other pleasures 
rather than the privilege of serving God. 
Part II — This portion of the lesson will emphasize 
the importance of our talents and how we should 
use them. The following three suggestions could be 
used or any combination of them: 

A. Have different members display their talents such 
as singing, recitation, playing an instrument, etc. 
These, of course should know what their part will 
be well in advance of the evening's study so they 
can prepare. 

B. Set up a "Talent Hunt" in your church. Arrange 
with the pastor for this program and for use of 
the mimeograph machine in your church or some 
method of producing a Talent Hunt question- 
naire. On this form you should ask for the per- 
son's name address and phone number and have 
a simple form for him to check if he sings and 
what part, plays an instrument and what kind, 
would like to teach, would help direct music, con- 
duct the nursery etc. It would be well to check 
with the pastor for special needs in your church 
and include them on this form so you might 
find a person who would be able to fulfill that 
particular need. The group should see that these 
forms are distributed either by mail or in the 
Sunday bulletin or mid-week newsletter and that 
they are tabulated and the information given to 
the pastor and church leaders. 

C. Complete the following statements with the words 
provided. Each student should have his own 

' copy and be able to check his answers after ev- 
eryone has completed the work. 



"fill the D E R B Y hat" - mm 



ranuary 23, 1965 




1. lA talent is to be , not . 

2. Each person is given at least . 

3. The Bible says if we do not use our talents, 
they will be . Matt. 25:28 

4. Paul says our reasonable service is to present 
our as living in ser- 
vice to Him. Rom. 12:1 

5. God has given us different kinds of gifts or 
abilities such as apostles or ; evangel- 
ists or and . Eph. 4:11 



used 


pastors 


Spirit 


one 


away 




hidden 





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6. Every gift is given to us by the . 

James 1:17 

7. Though we may have different talents, they 

are all distributed by the same . 

I Cor. 12:4 

8. Our gifts or abilities should be used with 
. I Cor. 13:1-3, 13. 



Words for the above blanks: 
prophets bodies 

talent taken 

love sacrifices 

teachers Father 

Answers given 'below. 



Part III — The final section of this lesson includes 

consideration of our treasures and what portion should 

be given to the Lord. A Sword Drill follows which 

gives references on what we are expected to return 

to God. Each student should have a Bible which must 

remain closed until the reference is given and then 

the first person finding the reference may read it. 

Leviticus 27:30, I Corinthians 16:2, Genesis 28:22, 

Philippians 4:15, Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9, II 

Corinthians 9:7, Malachi 3:8, Acts 20:35, Romans 

12:8. 

Answers to Part II-C: 1-used, hidden; 2-one talent; 
3-taken away; 4-'bodies, sacrifices; 5-prophets, pas- 
tors, teachers; 6-Father; 7-Spirit; 8-love. 



STE 




All things belong to God — we are His caretakers. 

1. Do I give at least a tithe (one-tenth) of 
my income to the work of the Lord? 
Yes? No? 

2. Do I give God a fair share of my time? 
Yes? No? 

3. Are my God-given talents dedicated to His 
work and glory? Yes? Sometimes? 
No? 

How do you rate? 




DERBY SENIORS 



The BYC youth group at Derby, Kansas has been 
moving ahead the past few months, working on various 
projects. 

One of the first activities the church accomplished 
was the "Every Member Canvass" meeting in which 
the youth took an active part. There was a small lun- 
cheon and a meeting afterwards where a discussion 
about the new church plans took place with missionary 
secretary. Rev. Virgil Ingraham, leading the discus- 
sion. 

The next project was a paper drive which took place 
in October with all the members helping to gather 
papers in Mulvane and Derby, Kansas. 

For our December project, Christmas cards and 
wrapping paper were sold. 

On Wednesdays and once a month in the Sunday 
BYC meetings, the book of Acts is studied and the 
questions are asked. Pray for us that the Lord might 
bless as we work for Him. 

Gwen Grieve, secretary 



Pag:e Twelve 



The Brethren Evangelist 




APPRECIATING GOD'S GIFTS 

by MRS. DAVID OVERDORF 



Do YOU KNOW why the Bible has endured so long? 
Because no matter how long ago those people 
lived, they felt and acted the same way we do. They 
struggled along in and out of God's will and so do we. 
The Bible has the solution to that struggle, and it 
always remains the same — surrender. There's no 
substitute for it nor anything so rewarding. 

To prove my point I'd like you to stop right here 
and read Luke 18:10-14, and then be prepared to 
answer some personal questions about yourself. 

To begin with, are you popular? I mean do people 
like you and select you above others to lead them and 
if they do, why? Did you plan it that way by scheming 
or maybe pushing someone else aside so you'd be 
recognized? Did you start an "I'm in Favor of Me" 
campaign and manage to come out on top? Now maybe 
this doesn't exactly pertain to you, but let's face it, 
it's pretty important to be important! However, 
whether you realize it or not yet, how you were elected 
president of the class, or cheerleader for the foot- 
ball team is what really counts. 

Now listen to this next question carefully. Are you 
struggling with God on the outside but without God 
on the inside? In other words, your friends believe you 
to be a Christian, but at night before you go to bed 
your prayers go something like this: "Lord, I thank 
you that I'm talented enough to be chairman of the 
decoration committee. I'm personable and have a lot 
of good Christian friends, and I don't associate with 
those beneath me. Thank you for not making me like 
them. Amen." Sound familiar? It should — you read 
almost the same prayer in the Bible a short time 
ago. This very old Book has the same old advice, "For 
everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and 
he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." 

God can't work in you if you're too proud to admit 
you might be fallible. He can't make you popular, 
as only He can, if you won't allow yourself to be low- 
ered occasionally to help others. You might stop to 
observe that those beneath you are probably there 
because you didn't bend down to help them up. Re- 
member this, you can make more friends in two weeks 
by being interested in them than you can in two years 
by trying to make them interested in you. 

Now let's devote a few paragraphs to a different 
type of person. Someone who perhaps fills an image 
of you. Suppose you would like very much to be a 
very important person but you don't know how to 
even begin the struggle. You don't seem to have any 
outstanding talents or even very many friends. If 



this is your problem, I say, "Good!" Good, because now 
you can start at the bottom and come up right. 

The first step is giving your whole self to the Lord 
right away and really meaning it. Now don't get me 
wrong, this doesn't guarantee instant popularity. 
You'll be the same old person but with a different 
outlook, and two things I can guarantee are a new 
sense of right and wrong, and an unbelievable love for 
others. What could make you more popular than this? 
And here's the best part of all; being the center of 
attraction won't be your goal any longer. You'll be 
living for God both inside and out, and with such 
a Power controlling you, your prayers will become 
words of humility, sincerely spoken and very real. 
Nothing else will matter and you will be fulfilled. 

Suppose we now ponder briefly that word talent. 
You know, we're very fortunate. God has given al- 
most all of us a talent in common; the capacity to 
learn. Complete surrender won't enhance all A's, 
but there will be a new awareness of the innumerable 
things you don't know and a desire to find them out. 
God will show you th^ way, but you'll have to do most 
of the work yourself. Edgar Guest puts it the best 
way I know: 

Friend, if a mountain you should see, 

Crusted with jewels thick, 
And you were told that you were free 

Each day a gem to pick 
And bear away the precious stone. 
Henceforth to be your very own. 
Would you return with spade and sack, 
Or on such fortune turn your back? 

Suppose by him who watched it there 

'Twas very plainly told 
That each could take what he could bear 

of silver and of gold. 
But must himself alone obtain 
And carry what his strength could gain. 
Would you begrudge the labor which 
Promised in time to make you rich? 

Well, college is a mountain steep. 

With jewels richly set. 
And who shall venture there may keep 

Whate'er he wills to get. 
But he himself must dig it out. 
Unaided carry it about. 
And to the mountain come alone 
To make the knowledge there his own. 



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Who toils for truth shall find it there, 

'Tis ever on display, 
And none who watched you will care 

How much you take away. 
The gems are stored on ledge and shelf, 
But you must earn them for yourself 
'Tis yours to choose and yours to say 
What riches you will bear away. 
Perhaps God won't lead you into college, but an 
ibligation to develop yourself the best you can re- 
nains ever before you. So you see, there will always 
:)e a struggle, but there will be things to appreciate 
,long the way. Don't overlook or forget them, because 
,3-od can take what seems like nothing and make it 
)art of the most vital Power on earth — ^Himself. What 
nore could you want? 

Our guest writer this month is Mrs. David Overdorf, 
he former Shari Linton, of South Bend, Indiana, 
'hank you, Shari, for your contribution and for help- 
ng us to more greatly appreciate the gifts of God. 



The Times 

of the 

Gentiles 

in 

PROPHECY 

. Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

XIV 

rE "TIMES OF THE GENTHjES" is an expression 
of Scripture used only once, and that by Jesus 
n Luke 21:24. The writer of the gospel that records 
he words was a Gentile Christian. He was inspired 
•y the Holy Spirit to write a different record than that 
if the other gospel writers. Matthew, we know, wrote 
lis gospel of and to Israel. Luke was inspired to write 
lis message to and for the Greeks. Therefore, he 
imphasized the references made by the Master rela- 
ive to those who were not of Israel — the Gentiles 
iS recorded in verses 20-24. Jesus foretold the de- 
truction of Jerusalem and its condition as "Trodden 
lown of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles 
le fulfilled." 

The destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Titus 
he Roman General is a fact of history which needs 
10 enlargement here. Not only was that part of Jesus' 
irediction fulfilled, but Jerusalem has been trodden 
lown of the Gentiles even unto this day, and shall 
16 "Until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." 

Let us clarify the use of the words the Gentiles in 
elation to Israel. God had said to Abraham, / will 
nake thee a great nation (Gen. 12:2a - A.S.V.) . Pur- 
uant to the promise, God also said, Lift up noio 
hine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, 



northward and southward and eastward and west- 
ward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will 
I give it, and to thy seed for ever (Gen. 13:14b, 15- 
A.S.V.). The seed of Abraham became a great nation 
known as Israel, and still is. Israel possessed the 
God-given land; she owned it and still does, for it 
was given to her forever. But Israel was dispossessed. 
She was unfaithful to the trust, as recorded in Deut. 
29:10-13, and the warning given to the people at the 
time of the trust or covenant has been invoked (Deut. 
29:22-28), And Jehovah rooted them out of their land 
in anger, and in ivrath, and in great indignation, and 
cast them into another land, as to this day (Deut. 
29:28- A.S.V.) . But they are still Israel and God 
knows where every living Israelite is today. Some 
two million have returned to their homeland in this 
century. All of the rest of them are scattered among 
the nations. 

The Gentiles are all people who do not come with- 
in the covenant of Israel. The covenant of Abraham 
was renewed with Isaac, with Jacob, and Jacob's chil- 
dren forever. 

God has always made His sun to rise on the Gen- 
tiles as well as the Israelites. Paul said on Mars Hill 
that, "God made of one every nation of men to dwell 
on all the face of the earth, having determined their 
appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habita- 
tion." Gentiles have had their blessings from God, 
but Israel was given a special work to do and covenant 
to keep; for it was through her that the revelation 
of God's plan of Salvation and Blessing was to be 
made. 

Jehovah established His people in the land of His 
gift, and selected Jerusalem as the city of His visible 
presence. There stood the temple housing the Ark 
of the Covenant. There were the cherubim and the 
mercy-seat, and over it dwelt the Shekinah Glory 
as the pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. The 
visible manifestation had accompanied the Ark from 
Sinai unto the days of Ezekiel. 

When God chose the people of Israel for His special 
possession. He promised untold blessings for their 
fidelity, but at the same time assured them of retribu- 
tion for unfaithfulness. Often punishment was neces- 
sary, and the Gentiles were used as instruments to 
execute the judgments of God. The references here are 
to the major incidents of Israel's history. 

At the time of the beginning of the Times of the 
Gentiles, Israel had become exceedingly sinful, and 
the core of its iniquity was idolatry. The first com- 
mandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before 
me," was violated. Idols to many false gods dotted 
the land. Phallic emblems were displayed on every 
street corner. Children were sacrificed to Molech in 
the valley of Hinnom. Worship in the temple was 
desecrated in the extreme. Jehovah charged through 
the Prophet Ezekiel, Do ye pollute yourselves after 
the manner of your fathers? and play ye the harlot 
after their abominations? and when ye offer your 
gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the 
fire, do ye pollute yourselves with all your idols unto 
this day? and shall I be inquired of by you, O house 
of Israel (Ezek. 20:30, 31 -A.S.V.). Then said He, 
The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is ex- 
ceedingly great, and the land is full of blood, and 
the city full of perverseness (Ezek. 9:9a - A.S.V.) . Je- 



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hovah had reached the hmit of His patience and He 
removed the Shekinah Glory from Israel. Sadly 
Ezekiel relates what he saw, And the glory of Je- 
hovah went up from the midst of the city, and stood 
upon the mountain lohich is on the east side of the 
city (Ezek. 11:23 - A.S.V.) . 

The Shekinah was departed and what was the doom 
of Israel? A curse was pronounced upon the ruling 
house. Ezekiel delivered the sentence. Thus saith the 
Lord Jehovah: this burden concerneth the prince in 
Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel. . .they shall 
go into exile, into captivity. And the prince that is 
among them. . .1 will bring him to Babylon. . .he shall 
die there (Ezek. 12:10-15 - A.S.V.) . Jeremiah, also, 
was sent to the house of King Johoiakim (also called 
Jeconiah, and Coniah) to deliver the curse on the 
family. Here are the culminating words. Write ye this 
man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his 
days; for no more shall a man of his seed prosper, 
sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling in Judah 
(Jer. 22:30- A.S.V.). And from that hour, the house 
of Solomon was set aside and the hand of the exe- 
cutioner was at the gates. 

Someday, Jehovah's plan to make Israel the center 
of the earth and its government will be brought to 
fruition, for He had said, Jehovah thy God will set 
thee on high above all the nations of the earth: and 
all these blessings shall come upon thee . . .if thov. 
shall hearken unto the voice of Jehovah thy God . . . 
but if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Je- 
hovah thy God, to observe to do all his command- 
ments. . .Jehovah icill send upon thee cursing, dis- 
comfiture and rebuke, ...Jehovah will cause thee 
to be smitten before thine enemies. . .and thou shalt 
be tossed to and fro among all the kingdoms of the 
earth .and Jehovah will scatter thee among all the 
peoples, from, one end of the earth even unto the 
other... and among these nations shalt thou find no 
ease... but Jehovah will give thee there a trembling 
heart, and failing of eyes, and pining of soul (Deut. 
28 -A.S.V.). What a prospect! And it has come to 
pass. Israel failed Him, and God removed the Shek- 
inah. He gave the world into the hands of the Gen- 
tiles and the Times of the Gentiles began. (This win 
continue in next issue) 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



WHAT THEN? 

After the joys of earth. 
After its song of mirth. 
After its hours of light, 
After its dreams so bright — 

What then? 
Only an empty name, 
Only a weary frame, 
Only a conscience smart. 



Only an aching heart, . . . 

Only a sad farewell 

To a world loved too well, . . . 

What then? 
Oh, then — the judgment throne, 
Then all the woes that dwell 
Oh then — the last hope — gone! 
In an eternal Hell! 

— ^Selected. 
TO'HN, IN REVELATION, saw this judgment (Re 
^ 20:11). He saw Christ the Judge (Rev. 1:14-16: 
He saw the people who came before the great whit 
throne (Rev. 20:12). These people are the unsave 
resurrected for judgment and Hell (John 5:28, 29: 
This resurrection (Rev. 20:13) is the second resui 
rection, and follows a thousand years after the firs 
resurrection (20:5, 6) . John saw the books, the record 
(V. 12). From these records the secret sins will fc 
brought to light (Matt. 5:28; I John 3:15). Finall; 
John saw the unsaved cast into the lake of fire (Re^ 
20:15). 

The great white throne judgment scene is so aw 
ful that the heavens and the earth vanish away (' 
11). In this connection we may also refer to Reve 
lation 21: 1 and II Peter 3:10. 'Six times in the firi 
seven verses of Revelation 20, the term "a thousan 
years" is used. The Word teaches plainly the fac 
of two resurrections (Dan. 12:2). Paul speaks of tvc 
resurrections (Acts 24:15). In physical death the soi 
and spirit are separated from the body (Eccl. 8:8: 
The second death (Rev. 20:14) is complete separatio 
of body, soul and spirit from God in an eternal dj 
ing. The second death has no power over the right 
eous (v. 6) . The punishment of the second death wi 
be according to the sinner's desert (Luke 12:47). T 
die without faith in Christ is to be as lost as the mo! 
wicked sinner (Rev. 21:8). A comparison of Revelatio 
19:20 with 20:10 Shows, that the beast and the fals 
prophet are still in the fire of Hell after a thousan 
years. 

In a day that is not far, 

At the blazing judgment bar, 

Even now the awful summons I can hear; 
I must meet the mighty God, 
I must face His holy Word, 

I must stand before the judgment bar. 

Every secret lust and thought 
There shall be to judgment brought. 

When the Lord in all His glory shall appear; 
All the deeds of darkest night 
Shall come out to greet the light 

When I stand before the judgment bar. 

I must meet my cankered gold. 
For whose greed my life was sold, 

It shall mock me in the judgment's lurid glare, 
Saying, "Ye have sold for nought 
All the Savior's blood had bought. 

And you stand before the judgment bar." 

— J. A. Brown 




I 



anuary 23, 1965 



Pasre Fifteen 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



HIGH FIDELITY 

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of 
15/ departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, 
have finished my course, I have kept the faith (II 
imothy 4:6, 7). 
We have a "Hi Fi" in tiie Brethren's Home, which 

nothing more or less than an "educated radio," 
nproved to give more minute reproductions of the 
rograms produced on it. The nickname "Hi Fi" stands 
ir high fidelity, meaning a more exact rendering 

the speech or music which is reproduced on the 



instrument. Friends in the Flora Church, and others, 
have provided us with a fine array of the best pro- 
grams on the market. 

A newspaper advertisement catches the eye with 
this headline: "Five exciting adventures in high 
fidelity, yours free." This is a reference to recordings 
of music by five famous musicians. 

High fidelity is an idea that belongs not exclusively 
to music. Paul sums up his life in our text as one of 
high fidelity. High fidelity to the great command- 
ments — love of God and love of neighbor — is a rather 
exciting adventure. It is exciting — and rewarding — 
to reproduce in the living of each day that which 
God sets before man as the way of life. This means 
highest allegiance to Him who came to reveal God 
to man and uncompromising concern for the well- 
being of our neighbor. Shall we not strive each day 
that the music of our living be in "high fidelity" to 
His love for us. 



^hen the McKenzies of Por+smou+h 
3+urned a visit from a Russian family 



THEY WENT TO CHURCH 
IN MOSCOW 



by MYRON J. TAYLOR 



The McKenzies visit the Kremlin. 
7ft to right are: Anatole Podznev, 
hilip McKenzie, interpreter, Jim 
cKenzie, Carol Jean McKenzie, 
ma Podznev, Victor Podznev. and 
torney Ronald McCoioen. 



)N APRIL 22, 1964, a cable ar- 
rived from Moscow, Russia, 
viting the James McKenzie fam- 
^ of Portsmouth, Ohio, to visit 
e Soviet Union for the May Day 
Jstival May 1. 

Needless to say, this caused quite 
stir in the McKenzie household. 




Should they accept the invitation? 
Could they, with so short a time 
to prepare? They decided to try. 
With much special assistance from 
our State Department and the So- 
viet Embassy in Washington all 
necessary arrangements were made 
and Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie, with 



their son, Philip, were on their 
way to Moscow. 

Just who financed the trip? The 
best information the McKenzies 
could gain was that the seventeen 
thousand members of the "Trade 
Union" in the automobile factory 
where Victor Podznev worked were 
sponsoring the visit. 



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Return Visit 

At Christmas time last year the 
Portsmouth, Ohio, Junior Chamber 
of Commerce sponsored the "Peace 
on Earth" project that brought the 
Victor Podznev family for a visit 
to our town. This visit received 
world-wide attention for several 
days. During their visit the Podz- 
nevs attended church at Central 
Church of Christ. The return in- 
vitation to the McKenzies was a 
gesture of good will on the part of 
the Russian people. 

The McKenzies went from New 
York by plane to Amsterdam, 
whence they were taken to Mos- 
cow on the Russian airliner, "Air- 
Float." As soon as they boarded 
the Russian plane they became 
aware of a totally different atmos- 
phere. Their feeling was "uneasy, 
a little frightened." They were re- 
ceived kindly but began to gain an 
impression which deepened as the 
trip progressed — that Russia was a 
land of mystery. 

They were told im-mediately that 
all cameras and photographic 
equipment must be put away; no 
pictures would be allowed. This ir- 
ritated Mr. McKenzie, for when the 
Russians visited the U.S.A., he and 
Mrs. McKenzie had even bought a 
camera for them. 

Upon arrival at Moscow he pro- 
tested this action at once. Why 
were the Russians so sensitive 
a;bout picture taking? The Podz- 
nevs had no such restrictions 
placed on them While visiting in 
Portsmouth. Three government 
men went into a huddle. The 
spokesman came back to the visi- 
tors from America, instructed a re- 
porter to turn on a tape recorder, 
asked Mr. McKenzie to restate his 
objections, apologized, and gave 
permission for Mr. McKenzie to 
take any pictures he desired while 
on his visit. This agreement was 
honored as long as they were in 
Russia. 

The visitors' place of residence 
was the Metropol Hotel. The Podz- 
nevs have only a two-room apart- 
ment and so could not entertain 
the McKenzies in their home. The 
Podznevs did meet them early each 
morning and accompanied them on 
trips to meals, etc. 

The McKenzies spent eight days 
in Russia. The trip had been 
planned for eleven days but they 
wanted to visit some other cities 



in Europe and cut short their visit. 
This did not please the Russians 
and may have deeply offended the 
Podznevs. 

Kremlin and Parade 

The first day in Moscow took the 
Americans to the Kremlin. Their 
evaluation was — "the only thing in 
the Soviet Union that an American 
would be impressed with." There 
was dignity, strength, and a cold, 
disciplined atmosphere. A visit to 
the Kremlin makes you feel that 
the Russians mean business. 

Then came a visit to the Ameri- 
can Embassy. Here the McKenzies 
were advised to be very careful 
with any conversation in their ho- 
tel room. It was suspected that the 
room was "bugged" — that is, wired 
with microphones to record all con- 
versation. "We are sure our room 
was bugged; also the table at which 
we ate in the hotel." It was ironic 
for them to return home and learn 
that the very room they had visited 
in the American Embassy had been 
wired for the picking up of all con- 
versation ! 

The mammoth May Day parade 
was the next major event. The 
American visitors had to pass at 
least seven barricades of guards, 
placed about three-quarters of a 
block apart, before they arrived at 
the place for the parade. The crowd 
of speictators was estimated at two 
million. The whole affair went off 
in a precise, machine-like manner. 
There was a formidable military 
display, and the visitors, in keeping 
with the policy made on their ar- 
rival, took pictures of it all. 

The visitors made an interesting 
observation about the Russian peo- 
ple. "They didn't look up, they 
didn't look right, they didn't look 
left. They just kept their noses 
right in front of them and went 
about their business. They didn't 
speak to each other and there was 
no display of expression or emo- 
tion. You never see anyone smile." 

When pressed by reporters to ex- 
press what he thought of the Rus- 
sian people, Mr. McKenzie finally 
said he thought they were very un- 
friiendly. He said no one would 
speak to him or even look at him. 
The government officials offered 
several explanations during the 
visit. Basically, they said, the peo- 
ple had been subjected to so much 
suffering in pre-Communist days 
and under Stalin that they had 



learned to tend to their own bus 
ness and not get involved wii 
others. 

Churcli 

Then came what was to be tl 
high light of the entire visit f 
these American Christians — ^attei 
dance at church. The Russians h£ 
planned to tour another plant. Tl 
McKenzies made it clear that thi 
expected to go to church. At fir 
the Russians said the itinera: 
could not be changed. They we 
reminded of how many times la 
winter plans in Portsmouth we 
changed to allow the Podznevs 
do what they desired. After a ha 
day's deliberation permission w, 
reluctantly granted. 

On all previous occasions t! 
McKenzies had been accompanif 
by a busload and a car full of ri 
porters, ever present, interviewii 
and even taking film as thi 
walked along the streets. On Su] 
day morning the Americans can 
to the hotel door and there was i 
one except a lone driver to tal 
them to church. "This was the fir 
time since we arrived in Moscc 
that we were alone outside o' 
room." 

The visitors were taken direct 
to the church. It was a dreai 
rainy morning. The building wou 
seat comfortably seven or eig: 
hundred, but Mr. McKenzie est 
mated that fifteen hundred mu 
have been present that day. Pe 
pie were standing out on the stej 
down every aisle, into every co 
ridor. The place was packed. I 
general impression the congreg! 
tion was made up of "humble, poc 
sad looking people." 

An usher had to ask people 
leave in order for the McKenzi 
to have seats. The minister who d 
livered the sermon was in his thi 
ties. The sermons are delivered 
three languages each Sunday b 
cause there are so many Russis 
dialects. After the service the mi] 
ister, Michael Zhurkov, came in 
the balcony to visit and invited tl 
McKenzies to his study. The info 
mation he gave was probably mo 
interesting than anything else thi 
learned on the trip. They felt 1 
was frank and honest with them 

They had made two or three ol 
servations of interest during t) 
worship service. From their po£ 
tion in the balcony the McKenzi 
had a good view of the congregi 



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ion and they noticed at once that 
11 over the builddng people were 
reaping — "Practically everybody 
vas crying." Later they questioned 
he minister about this and he 
xplained that the Russians are a 
leep and emotional people. This 
reeping was an expression of "joy- 
ul sorrow." When they are very 
lappy the people weep. 

Observable, too, was a continual 
otation of the people standing and 
hose sitting. One would stand a 
vhile, then another would stand 
10 that he could be seated. This, 
)f course, would prevent anyone 
:rom becoming unduly tired from 
'banding through three sermons. 

One elderly lady apparently be- 
;ame ill and the ushers came to re- 
nove her so that she could receive 
nedical treatment. She grasped 
;he pew and held on: "They prac- 
;ically had to tear her out of the 
pew — she didn't intend to go." Wor- 
ship means much to these people 
K/ho have to pay such a high price 
for loving and believing in God. 

Under the Soviet 

The minister related that he had 
lost two brothers fighting Hitler's 
armies in World War II. He did 
his best to defend the present po- 
litical system in the Soviet Union. 

The church had a baptistry and 
all members are immersed. The 
Lord's Supper is observed once a 
month. 

The minister was asked why the 
congregation did not enlarge their 
building since they obviously need- 
ed more space. He replied that the 
government owned all property and 
would allow no expansion of the 
building. The church does have 
much more religious freedom now 
than it had under StaMn. But there 
are no Sunday schools, no religious 
education for youth, no evening 
services. Only one service a week is 
permitted. The ministers could call 
in the homes of the Christians. The 
strength of the church depends en- 
tirely on one church service each 
week and what is taught in the 
home. 

The present building is main- 
tained through the giving of mem- 
bers, who are generous in spite of 
their limited means. The congre- 
gation supports three full-time 
ministers. 

Mr. McKenzie asked, "What is 
the place of the church in Soviet 
society?" Minister Zhukov replied 



that the church is much more im- 
portant now than a few years ago, 
but it is still struggling for exist- 
ence. All worsihip was once pro- 
hibited; it is only tolerated now. 
Powerful forces are at work among 
the people to discourage church 
membership. Atheism is the official 
policy of the government. The 
church is considered "an obstruc- 
tion to communism." 

One Communist leader had ex- 
plained: "Religion is like a nail, 
the harder you hit it on the head 
the deeper it goes into the wood. 
So we decided to tolerate it." 

The government recently discov- 
ered among Russian children a 
stronger religious feeling than they 
had known. This led to an increase 
in antireligious propaganda in the 
public schools. 

Most believers in Christ in the 
Soviet Union belong to the Russian 
Orthodox Church. Lutherans and 
Baptists are the strongest Protes- 
tant groups. The Baptists and Pen- 
tecostals have joined forces, with 
the Pentecostals agreeing to forego 
speaking in tongues. Many smaller 
sects have become active in recent 
years. Jehovah's Witnesses have 
probably made the most inroads; 
"This situation was made for them, 
for they are a house-to-house, in- 
the-home type of religious group 
anyway." Surely this has something 
to say to us in America! 

The McKenzies were impressed 
with how unimportant many re- 
ligious differences become in a cli- 



mate of persecution. Denomina- 
tional distinctions tend to drop a- 
way. "To believe in God and trust 
in Jesus Christ is everything. You 
feel like a brother to any man who 
will declare his faith in Christ." 

The official policy of the Soviet 
government continues unchanged 
— the utter destruction of the 
church. In the newer industrial 
cities no churches are permitted to 
be built. The great cathedrals in 
the older cities have become mu- 
seums. But resistance to such 
limitation is much greater than 
the government anticipated. The 
church does not die easily. After 
more than forty years, one of the 
most powerful governments in the 
world has not been able to destroy 
the church. 

The guest register at the First 
Baptist Church of Moscow re- 
vealed many names well known in 
the U.S.A.— Billy Graham, Adlai 
Stevenson, former President Eisen- 
hower, and many others. 

One American family went to 
Russia on a good will tour and had 
enough conviction to go to church. 
They have returned home with a 
better understanding of the Rus- 
sian people and a greater determi- 
nation to serve the God whom some 
of the Russians pay so high a price 
to praise. They will never forget 
the day an American family went 
to church in Moscow. 

Mr. Taylor is minister to the Cen- 
tral Church of Christ, Portsmouth, 
Ohio. 



Printed by permission from the CHRISTIAN STANDARD 



CUBAN BAPTIST MINISTER 
CHARGES PERSECUTION 

HALIFAX, N. s. (EP) — Clergy in 
Cuba are despised and humiUated 
and are under constant surveil- 
lance, a Baptist pastor said here. 
The clergyman, who asked ano- 
nymity, claimed asylum for him- 
self, his wife and four children 
when a Cuban airliner landed at 
Gander, Newfoundland, Sept. 7. 
The plane was enroute to Spain 
and Czechoslovakia. 

He said he had left Cuba because 
the Castro government had started 
teaching children hatred and per- 
secution. "They teach them to in- 
form on their parents and the 



youngsters are in danger of having 
their faith in God destroyed," he 
said. 

ANTI-SEMITIC LITERATURE 
DISTRIBUTED IN CANADA 

TORONTO, oNT. (EP) — ^Anti-Semltlc 
"hate literature" appeared here 
during the Jewish observance of 
Rosh Hashanah. Handbills were 
distributed outside Maple Leaf Gar- 
dens during the performance of the 
British quartet, the Beatles. The 
handbills suggested the Beatles 
were a part of a Jewish plot to 
corrupt the world. Later, window 
stickers on stores charged "Com- 
munism is Jewish." 



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OUR MEMBERSHIP 



Dear Brethren; 








Hagerstown 


46 


25 


Here is our membership 


record as of Dec. 10 


', 1964. It 


Huntington 


12 


10 


is our first report for the 


current conference 


year and 


Johnstown I 


14 





has been compiled by brother Deltoert 


Mellinger, the 


Johnstown II 


17 


17 


national treasurer. The two year score 


is given in the 


Johnstown III 


21 


21 


hope that it will remind and encourage 


each 1 


af you to 


Kokomo 





10 


make or improve the record as shown. 


Let's 


push for 


Lanark 


16 





the thousand membership 


mark. 






Loree 





16 








F.S.B. 


Louisville 
Masontown 


16 
10 


20 
10 




1963-64 1964-65 


Gain or 

Loss 


Meyersdale 
Milford 


15 




16 


Akron 


18 


3 


-15 


Milledgeville 


15 


17 


Ardmore 


23 


23 




Muncie 





7 


Ashland - Garber 


16 


13 


- 3 


Nappanee 


54 


45 


Ashland - Park Street 


15 


3 


-12 


North Georgetown 


11 


9 


Berlin 





14 


+14 


North Liberty 


14 


15 


Bryan 


16 


18 


+ 2 


North Manchester 


6 


8 


Burlington 





6 


+ 6 


Oak Hill 


17 


14 


Canton 


13 


19 


+ 6 


Roann 


8 





Cheyenne 





15 


+15 


Sarasota 


23 


22 


County Line 


9 


9 




Smithville 


14 


16 


Dayton 


27 


21 


- e 


South Bend 


42 


27 


Denver 


4 





- 4 


St. James 


14 


18 


Derby 


10 


12 


+ 2 


Vandergrift-Pleasant View 17 


17 


Elkhart 


14 





-14 


Vinco 


21 


12 


Fairless Hills-Levittown 





12 


+12 


Washington, D. C. 


17 


13 


Falls City 


18 


20 


+ 2 


Waterloo 


30 


25 


Goshen 


34 


19 


-15 








Gratis 


23 


20 


- 3 




710 


637 



+ 



+ 



+ 



I BROTHERHOOD PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY by Rex McConahay 

THE ANOINTING SERVICE 



A paraphrase of James 5:14-16 by J. Paul Dowdy 
"Is there any one of the Christian brethren among 
you who has sickness of any kind whatever? If so, 
he is commanded to call for the elders of the church, 
since the body of the believer belongs to the Lord; and 
when those devout overseers of 1>he flock of God have 
come in to him, let them pray over him, earnestly 
asking of God that he may be healed, if it is the 
Lord's will; and they shall anoint him with oil in the 
name of the Lord, as a symbol of reconsecration and 
of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon him to heal, 
and the prayer which is offered in faith. Nothing 
doubting, shall save him that is sick, and the Lord 



who redeemed him, if in His infinite wisdom it sha! 
seem good to the Lord; and if he have committe 
sins for which the sickness may or may not be 
chastening from the Lord, his sins shall be forgive: 
him." 

I. Procedure of the anointing service. James 5:13-1 

A. An afflicted person calls for the pastor t 
anoint him. 

B. Oil is poured in the pastor's hand and place 
on the forehead of the sick person. The per 
son is then anointed in the name of th 
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 



anuary 23, 1965 



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C. The pastor and an assisting deacon put their 
hands on the head of the sick person and 
pray. 

I. Scriptural Meaning. 

A. Jesus commanded His disciples to anoint 
the sick for healing. 
Luke 9:1, 2 
Mark 6:13 

B. The individual asks for the anointing. 
James 4:14 

C. The act of anointing was practiced in the 
Old Testament. 
I Samuel 10:1, 2 
I Samuel 16:12, 13 
Genesis 28:18, 19 

D. The act of anointing involves the Holy Spirit. 
I Samuel 10:6 

E. A confession of sins helps to free our heart 
and soul for a greater working of the Holy 
Spirit in our lives. 
James 5:16 
Proverbs 28:13 
I John 1:9 
Romans 10:9, 10 

!II. The spiritual significance to us. 

The anointing with oil enables us to express 
ull trust and confidence in God giving us peace and 
almness to endure the operation or illness. 

May each one look for meaning and value in our 
llness and afflictions. Search for God's plan in our 
ives. Use this time as a time of rest and study. 

Into each life comes rainy days. Remember 
hough that land without rain is a desert. 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

JOHNSTOWN III, PENNA. 

TT^IRD BRETHREN laymen have been meeting reg- 
1 ularly on a monthly basis with fair turnouts, 
about 14 to 21 each time. During our church building 
extension program, several of the meetings have been 
held in the homes of members. Plans are set for co- 
operation with the Men's Bible Class in what is known 
as the Game Supper, an annual affair held during the 
small game season in Pennsylvania. We plan, also, to 
have a joint meeting with the Boys' Brotherhood in 
December. Officers elected for the ensuing year are: 
President, Floyd Benshoff; vice president, John Golby; 
secretary, Walter Ream; assistant secretary, Aldridge 
Tilley; treasurer, Theodore Jones. 

Walter Ream, Secretary 



We held our public service on May 1. The guest 
speaker was Charles Garvin. Mr. Garvin is the judge 
of our Fayette County and an active laymen in his 
church. Our most recent activity was a laymen's rally, 
held in October. The event, held on Saturday evening, 
had Mr. John Porte, national president, as the speak- 
er. He remained in our midst to be the speaker at 
the Sunday morning worship service on October 18. 
A fine dinner was served at the rally by the W.M.S. 

We elected officers for the coming year as follows: 
Paul Fox, president; Ed Hall, vice president; Layton 
Pegram, secretary-treasurer. 

Pictured in photo below: L. Pegram, J. Porte, J. 
Mills, G. Koone, K. Pegram. 




OAK HILL, W. VA. 

HELLO FROM 0(AK HILL. It's been quite some 
time since the laymen of our church have sent 
in a report although we have been doing some things. 



Ohio Conference 
Laymen's Ret-reaf 

A FALL RETREAT was held at Camp Bethany, lo- 
cated in the central portion of Ohio, on October 
16-18, 1964, with members of the Miami Valley, and the 
Northeastern Ohio Districts of Brethren Laymen and 
their Boys' Brotherhoods in attendance. 

With the weatherman cooperating, the men and 
boys worked under ideal conditions around the camp. 
At the same time they were able to behold the glory of 
God's Universe, both day and night, as the unknown 
number of fall colors made themselves visible as 
though we were viewing a gallery of thousands of God's 
paintings. In a very clear sky, the moon and stars 
seemed to make the most vivid impression as to the 
immensity of the galaxies scattered through the im- 
measurable miles of space in the heavens. 

As the group gathered around the fireplace in the 
basement of the chapel, they were led in song by 
George Schuster of Trinity Brethren, Canton, Ohio; 
after which. Brother Royce Gates of the Firestone 
Brethren Church gave the evening devotions. Refresh- 
ments for the evening were furnished by the laymen 
of the Canton church. Registrations were handled 
by Brother Elmer O. Frank of the Smithville church. 

Arising early on Saturday morning, the group was 
prepared to go forth for a day of work and recreation 
by the most inspiring period of devotion which was 
opened by Ohio Conference of Brethren Laymen Presi- 
dent, Dave Brandenburg of Dayton, Ohio. Brother 
Dennis Randall of the Miami Valley District presented 
the devotional period with passages of Scripture taken 
from the book of Philippians pertaining to the love 
and peace of God in our daily lives. Following the ser- 



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The Brethren Evangeli 



vice and a hearty breakfast, the group then spent the 
rest of the day in clearing portions of the grounds of 
dead trees and cutting firewood for future camp use, 
painting portions of the newly rebuilt chapel, and do- 
ing various other chores. 

After the evening meal, the group assembled in 
the chapel basement and were taken on an enlight- 
ening tour through the book of Job guided by Pro- 
fessor J. Ray Klingensmith of the Ashland College 
Seminary. The balance of the program consisted of 
films dealing with the wonders of nature both in the 
animal and vegetable kingdom throughout the state 
of Ohio, being presented by the N. E. O. District. 

After refreshments, all retired to their cabins for 
the night having spent a most wonderful day of Chris- 
tian fellowship together in work, and recreation with 
spiritual inspiration given at the beginning and clos- 
ing of the day. 

Rising early on Sunday morning, we were again in- 
spired by Brother Dennis Randall in the early morn- 
ing devotional period. 

Following breakfast, Sunday school assembled with 
the boys having Brother Virgil Barnhart of Miami 
Valley as their teacher and leader. The adult group 
gathered together for a timely and appropriate les- 
son period dealing with the offices of the church 
concerning laymen. This period being led by George 
Schuster of the N. E. O. District. 

The Worship service of the morning consisted of 
devotions led by Royce Gates, the song service led 
by Brother Elton Whitted, who then introduced the 
speaker of the morning, Rev. Perry Prather of Ash- 
land. The message for this service was also a timely 
and appropriate one dealing with the responsibilities 
of Christian laymen, and offered a challenge to lay- 
men and to the boys of the brotherhood who are the 
potential laymen of the future. This message, by a 
retired minister who seems to be more active now than 
ever, was a truly inspirational climax to a laymen's 
and boys' brotherhood retreat which will dwell in 
the memory of this reporter for as long as he is able 
to be so blessed. 

George Schuster, Secretary 

Ohio Conference of Brethren Laymen 



Where are the 
HYPOCRITES? 

(reprinted, by permission, from The Civic Forum) 

The man who says he is kept away from the church 
by hypocrites is not influenced by them to stay away 
from anywhere else. 

Business is full of them, but he sees a chance to 
make some money; he doesn't stop because of that, 

Society is crowded with them, and yet he never 
thinks of becoming a hermit. 

Married Ufe is full of them, but that doesn't make 
him remain a bachelor. 

Hell is full of them, and yet he isn't doing a thing 
to keep from going there. 

He wants to have you think that he is trying to 
avoid the society of hypocrites and yet he takes not 
a single step toward the only place no hypocrite can 
go — Heaven. 



CANTON. OHIO 

THE DAYMEN of Trinity Brethren Church in Cai 
ton take great pleasure and pride in the fa 
that our church parking lot is now blacktopped. V 
have been working toward the completion of th 
project for the last two years, and each member 
the Laymen Club has been contributing toward th 
cause. The money we contributed, along with a nii 
gift from a friend of the Laymen, finally made possib 
the fulfillment of our goal. 

The Laymen have been meeting monthly, and a: 
making a serious effort to comply with our Nation 
Goals in order to form a stronger organization ar 
further God's will among the men of our churc 

Carl R. Howensth 




A good view of the Trinity Brethren Church of Ca? 
ton, Ohio, showing the black-top job just complete 
by the laymen. 



SAYS KERMIT LONG, "With all our education, oi 
theology, our fine buildings, our image of the churc! 
we are doing less to win people to Christ than oi 
unschooled forefathers did. We're no longer fishe: 
of men, but keepers of the aquarium, and we sper 
most of our time swiping fish from each other's bowl 
"Keepers of the aquarium" — that phrase jolts u 
What a denunciation of some Christian churches! 



There are far more important things to fast froi 
than bread and butter. The real fasting should l 
from wrong willing, wrong thinking, wrong feelin 
and wrong acting. In fasting from these things, 
will not be done to be seen of men; but in secret t 
be seen of God. To fast from poisonous thoughts an 
emotions is to be rewarded openly with a new soi 
and a new life. 

Starr Daily in THE MAGNIFICENT LOV 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) 



^ 



luary 23, 1965 



Page Twenty-one 




Outft(Mvfc/ 



Gleanings from 
STEWARDSHIP FACTS 

by MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 



PROMOTING CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP among 
our W.M.S. members and also our congregations 
as been the objective of the W.M.S. for many years, 
re firmly believe that Christian Stewardship is the 
ey to the growth of local congregations. 

During National Conference each year, every Wo- 
lan's Missionary Society is given a small book en- 

tled "'Stewardship Facts," and I would like to share 

ith you some of the interesting things I read, es- 
ecially the following story. 

Perhaps the reason this story rang a bell with me 

because during the month of January the Amer- 
;an people begin to think about income tax. 

'The other day I checked a queer return. Some guy 
dth an income under $5,000 claimed he gave $642 
D a church. Sure, he was within the 20 per cent 
mit, but it looked mighty suspicious to me. So I 
opped a trolley and dropped in on the guy and asked 
bout his return. I thought he'd become nervous like 
lost of them do, but not this guy. He came back at 
le about the $624 without batting an eyelash. 

'Have you a receipt from the church?' I asked, 
Lguring that would make him squirm. 'Sure,' he said, 
L always drop them in the drawer.' And off he went 
bring the receipts. 

'Well, he had me. One look and I knew he was on 
he level. So I apologized for bothering him, explain- 
Qg that I had to check on deductions that seem un- 
isually high. Upon leaving, he invited me to attend 
hurch. 'Thanks, but I belong to a church, myself,' 

replied. 

" 'Excuse me, that possibility hadn't occurred to 
ne,' he said with a smile. 

"As I rode home, I kept wondering what he meant 
ly that last remark. It wasn't until Sunday morning 
vhen I put my usual dollar in the offering plate that 
t come to me." 

The tax man suddenly became aware that there was 
lomething wrong with his "usual dollar." Could he 
lave possibly been a Brethren layman? We must agree 
hat the tax man had not been practicing Christian 
Stewardship of his material possessions. He had been 
latisfying himself by putting a dollar bill in the of- 
fering plate each Sunday. You and I know that a dol- 
ar does not buy as much for us as it did a few years 
igo. Then why do we kid ourselves and expect the 



dollar bill to perform miracles in the church offer- 
ing? In spite of rising costs, there are some people 
who expect the church to continue to get along on 
the same amount of money as it used to. This could 
be one of the reasons why ministers salaries are not 
raised. 

Christian Stewardship is proportionate giving. Pro- 
portionate giving is giving a portion for Jesus and His 
cause. That calls for a definite amount or percentage. 
Unless people are ready to make a definite commit- 
ment to the Lord, they are not ready to give pro- 
portionately. This kind of giving requires a portion, 
a definite part of the entire income. Just as He ex- 
pects us, His children, to proportion our time, so He 
expects us to proportion our money. Let us be fair. 
As we are forced to give Uncle Sam what rightly be- 
longs to him, let us cheerfully give the Lord His share 
so that His work will not be hampered. 

When we finally realize that our money is our- 
selves and that Where our money is, there we are; 
then our money and its use become a glorious min- 
istry in Christ. 

I wonder, if Christ were here today 

In person, as we are face to face. 

Could I place in His hand this offering 

And say, "It is all I had to bring 

To spread Thy work of redeeming grace"? 

I wonder, if Christ were standing here. 

Watching our gifts of thankfulness. 

Could I make this offering honestly, 

With His loving eyes fixed on me 

And feel it was something He could bless? 

I wonder, if Christ is here today 

And no heart motive hid from Him, 

Can it be that He finds me hesitate 

To sacrifice for a cause so great 

Was I worth the cross to Him? 




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The Brethren Evangelii 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 



UDELL, IOWA 

THE UDELL BRETHREN CHURCH would like to 
share a special occasion with the brethren. By 
the time this goes to print, the undersigned and wife 
will be occupying the new parsonage which is a great 
asset to the Udell church and surrounding community. 

This picture shows Glen Mathews, church treas- 
urer, handing a check for $1124.26 to Zola Saums, 
W.M.S. treasurer, which was sent to the mission board 
as a gift to missions by the church. This was the 
tithe from the inheritance which the church re- 
ceived from the estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. 
H. Gray, who had served as deacon and deaconess. 
Mr. Gray had also served on the board of trustees 
of the church for a number of years. The proceeds 
of the inheritance were used for the new parsonage. 

Loyd Selex, Vernon Berger, and Lionel Spring served 
as the building committee for the new parsonage. 

Rev. Amos Mast 




Left to right: Loyd Selex, Vernon Berger, Lionel 
Spring, moderator; Amos Mast, pastor; Glen Mathews, 
church treasurer; Zola Saums, W.M.S. treasurer; and 
Mrs. Laurence Powell, W.M.S. president. 



NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. 

ON NOVEMBER 1, five persons, who had been in- 
structed in the Pastor's Class on the meaning of 
church membership, were baptized and welcomed as 
members of the First Brethren Church at North Man- 
chester, Indiana, and on November 15, two persons 
were received by letter. 
This fall the Laymen held a public auction which 



netted them a good sum and replenished their treaj 
ury. 

Members of the Senior W.M.S. have made two trij 
recently; one to our mission station in Kentucky -1 
distribute clothing, and another group went to tt 
Flora Brethren's Home where they had a delightfi 
visit with former friends and also met new friend 
The Senior Sisterhood also visited the Home and pre 
sented a program. 

The church had their third annual Visitation Da 
on November 29. Booklets based on the program ( 
the church and containing interesting pictures ar 
illustrations were given to each family called on. Th 
was an every member visitation — not to solicit f( 
funds but to present the work of the church und( 
the leadership of our pastor, Rev. Woodrow Imme 

Mrs. Salena Schutz 
Corresponding Secretai 



GRETNA. OHIO 



THE GRETNA BRETHREN CHURCH received 
wonderful refreshing from the Lord in our r( 
cent revival conducted by Rev. George Solomo: 
Brother Solomon took a week of his vacation to lee 
us in this week of meetings. The Evangelist we ha 
selected could not come because of illness; so we we: 
happy that Rev. Solomon came to lead us in our sun 
mer meetings. 

The average attendance for the 7 services was 9 
We consider this good in view of the small churc 
small community and in the summer month of Auguj 
Seventeen have been received into the memtoersh 
of the church as a result of the meetings. Ten oi 
of the seventeen were adults. We were able to g 
into five new homes in these additions. This mak 
a total of 21 for the year. 

Since March 15, we have had 100 or more in attei 
dance every Sunday in the Sunday school. Instej 
of experiencing a summer slump, we seem to ha' 
gained. We are now crowded for room. One class 
meeting in the basement of the parsonage. For £ 
this we thank God and give Him the glory. 

In order to create a greater interest in our pray 
meetings and to help the youth in their quiz conte; 
we have organized two prayer meeting groups; oi 
for adults led by the pastor and one for the youl 
led by the youth sponsors. Both groups are studyii 
the Book of Acts with "Witnessing" as the gener 
theme. We believe this will prove a wonderful bles 
ing to the church. The B.Y.C. has been meeting e' 
ery Sunday evening now for some time. 

We have supported the work at Massillon by liftii 
an offering for the new church. We observed Horn 
coming with Rev. Virgil Ingraham as the speake 
Rev. Joseph Shultz presented the challenge of tl 
Seminary and our people have made a pledge to tl 
work. Rev. Charles Munson, our District Evangeli; 
was present recently. He gave a challenging messai 
and assisted in the ordination of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbi 
Roby as Deacon and Deaconess. 

Pray for our work here that it may continue 
grow in every Christian dimension. 

Rev. L. V. King, Past 



inuary 23, 1965 



REV. HAMEL SELECTED 
YEAR'S CITIZEN 




REV. J. D. HAMEL has been named the "Citizen 
of the Year" in Sarasota by Sarasota Bay Post 
0, American Legion. 

Rev. Hamel, pastor of the First Brethren Church, was 
warded the citation for his "outstanding American 
latriotism," his "selfless and tireless" work with Sara- 
ota's youth, and "dedicated efEort to establishing 
ife's guideposts in spiritual, moral and citizenship 
raining." 

Rev. Hamel received his citation for "distinguished 
)ublic service" from Jack Wilkins, commander of Le- 
ion Post 30. 

The citation was presented during the annual Vet- 
rans' Day memorial observances at Memorial Park 
oday. 

A Sarasota resident for five years. Rev. Hamel lives 
it 2784 Cheryl Lane. He and Mrs. Hamel have three 
hildren. 

He was trained originally in his family's jewelry 
ousiness as a watchmaker. Sometimes he still prac- 
:ices this talent around 2 a. m. at the central fire sta- 
non. During World War 11, Rev. Hamel became a 
combat infantryman with the 32nd Infantry Division. 



MAURERTOWN, VA. 

DR. JOHN F. LOCKE of Maurertown, Va., and pas- 
tor of the Mt. Olive and Bethlehem churches, 
was the speaker for two weeks of meetings at the 
Maurertown Brethren Church. His messages were 
jood and practical and delivered with vigor. The 
ittendance was good, and I believe much good was 
a^ccomplished. 

One night the Choir came forward to dedicate their 
singing to the Lord. Another night a young girl came 
forward for rededication, and then another night 



Page Twenty-three 

the girl's Mother came forward and rededicated her 
life. Both have been active but felt that they needed 
to get closer to the Lord. There were two first-time 
confessions. These were the visible results. Time will 
tell more of what the preaching of the old-fashioned 
gospel accomplished. There was special singing each 
night, with our choir furnishing the music about six 
nights. The attendance was good with an average of 
78 each night. Yes, the Lord blessed us real good. 

Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas, pastor. 



We do not enjoy a reign of law. God reigns. He is 
not imprisoned by His own house rules. Laws are 
His slaves, the tool-kit of the Divine Maintenance 
and Repairman. The earth does work hke a vast ma- 
chine, but the Maker runs it and can make it do any- 
thing He wants. 

David A. Redding in THE MTRACLES OF 
CHRIST (Fleming H. Revell Company) 




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in This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Captive in Christ's Triumphal 

Procession" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Weddings 4 

Daily Devotions — February 7-13 5 

Children's Devotions — ^February 7-13 6 

Spiritual Meditations 8 

The Ohio Family Camp 9 

"Gentile Times of Supremacy" 
by Rev. Albert T. Ronk 10 

"Our Duty Toward the Holy Scriptures in 
This Hour" The Central District Mod- 
erator's Address — ^Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 12 

Camp Wyandotte Report 15 

Conference Clips 16 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

PASTORS' CONFERENCE DATES 

ALL BRETHREN PASTORS should note th 
Pastors' Conference Dates for this sprinj 
The dates that have been set are at a later dat 
than in past years. 

The date of this conference is May 4-6! Be sur 
to mark these dates on your calendar. 



Try To Preach Sometime 

SOME LAY PEOPLE need to stand in the pulpj 
and try to preach. It would give them a fres 
viewpoint. 
Here's the kind of experience you would have: 

1. You would be thinking about those who wen 
home after Sunday school. Very inspiring! 

2. You would be thinking about members cruis 
ing around in a boat, soaking up sunshine, or fish 
ing. Even more inspiring! 

3. You would read the thoughts of some wear 
soul who says to himself: "Boy, I hope he'll mak 
it short today. I'm bushed. These pews get harde| 
by the minute." 

4. About halfway through your sermon you sei 
a couple of people sound asleep; others yawnin 
or gazing into space (ecclesiastical spacemen' 
You also wonder how many choir members ar 
doing likewise. 

5. Suddenly you get the impression that sever; 
members aren't listening at all. They are just tah 
ing inventory of you — tie straight, collar flat, hai 
combed just right? Then you forget your sermoi 
wondering why a couple of teenagers are gigglinf 

6. Back on the beam momentarily, you come t| 
the climax of the message. Then you spot a ladj 
taking a little girl by the hand and leading he' 
out of the auditorium, while all eyes follow ther' 
out the door. ' 

TRY IT SOMETIME— C. Michael Warr, Pastd 
First Baptist Church, Rock Hill, S. C. 




Prayer Meeting Bible Study 1 

The Brethren Youth 1 

The Missionary Board 2 

Sisterhood 2 

Ordination of Rev. Roy Amstutz 2 



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»R. PAUL CARLSON'S TESTIMONY 

Rolling Hills, Calif, (EP)— "But thanks be to 
^od, who continually leads us about, captive in 

hrist's triumphal procession, and everywhere 
ses us to reveal and spread abroad the fragrance 
f the knowledge of himself." 

These words, the rendering of II Corinthians 

14 in the New English Bible, were quoted by 
)r. Paul Carlson — medical missionary of the 
Ivangelical Covenant Church slain in the Stanley- 
ille massacre in The Congo — in the last tape re- 
eived by his local church here. 

In the tape, addressed to the Rolling Hills Cove- 
ant Church, Dr. Carlson referred to the un- 
ertainties of the Congo situation at that time 
August, 1964), but concluded with the hope that 
whatever might come, his life would reflect the 
atter part of the verse . . . that he would "reveal 
,nd spread abroad the fragrance of the knowl- 
idge" of Christ. 

On November 24 he was machine-gunned to 
leath with other white hostages held by the 
>imbas (rebel soldiers) on the streets of Stan- 
eyville. But every indication was that the prayer- 
'ul hope he expressed in his last communication 
;o his church was fulfilled in his cheerful bravery 
n captivity and in his courageous death. 

Said Ferdinand Deprey, a Belgian refugee from 
Stanleyville who had been held prisoner with Dr. 
Carlson: "He was very cheerful and a great moral 
example." 

Until 1961, Dr. Carlson had conducted a private 
practice in Rolling Hills, exclusive community in 
;he southern extremity of the sprawling Los An- 
jeles metropolitan area. But in the fall of that 
j^ear he responded to the urgent call for medical 
issistance in the strife-torn Congo, and went 
bhere for several months of service with the Congo 
Protestant Relief Agency. And when he returned 



'^Gaptive ill Ghrist's 
Lriumphal T^focession^ 



The following is a news item that came to your 
Editor's desk from the Evangelical Press Associa- 
tion which needs to be read by every Christian, 
therefore it is being presented here in the Editorial 
pages of this magazine. 



his heart was burdened for the thousands of peo- 
ple he had seen in desperate physical and spir- 
itual need. 

In the words of his father, Gust Carslon, 63: 
"He told us he wanted to go back, that he wanted 
to do God's work and help where the need was 
the greatest. He said they needed him much more 
in the Congo than here. 

"That is where he wanted Lo be." 

With his wife, the former Lois Lindblom of 
Menominee, Mich., and his children Wayne, 9, 
and Lynette, 7, he applied for mission service 
through his denomination, the Evangelical Cove- 
nant Church, with headquarters in Chicago. 

His wife and children were evacuated from the 
immediate trouble area in late August, but Dr. 
Paul Carlson felt his place was there in the crisis 
spot where he was needed most. 

An associate of Dr. Carlson's, Miss Ann Berg, 
who left Africa late in September and is, now in 
Oakland, California, stated: "Paul willingly went 
with rebel forces because they needed him to treat 
their wounded. 

"He was a dedicated, kindly man. We told our- 
selves then that if anyone could get along with 
the rebels it would be Paul." 

But apparently no one could "get along" with 
the rebels in the bitter tensions which developed. 
So there came that dark day when Dr. Carlson, 
along with many others, was led out to Lumumba 
Square — and then shot to death by the people he 
had sought to help in the name of Christ. 

How has his family reacted? Dr. Dwight Cai"l- 
son, 31, now in residency in Harbor General Hos- 
pital near here, declares : "We prayed as a family 
for his life ; but prayed also that God's will would 
be done. 

"Despite the emotion and tears that welled up 
in our hearts, we were reminded of a statement 
our mother made many years ago, that God had 



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given her each of her children and she and dad 
committed them to God to use as He saw fit. 
"We feel He has done this in this incident." 
To the Simbas, Dr. Carlson was their captive 
as they led him out in the Stanleyville street to 
die. But his family, and all those everywhere 
who share his faith in Christ and in the Bible as 
the Word of God, know that as he walked out to 



die, he was really "captive in Christ's triumphs 
procession." And somehow they know that, no 
only to those rebel captors but to all a shocked 
and grieved world, he has by his life and deatl 
fulfilled his prayerful desire ... he has reveale^ 
and spread abroad the fragrance of the knowledg 
of Christ. 

Larry Ward 




Sarasota, Fla. Rev. J. D. Hamel re- 
ports that four were recently bap- 
tized and received into member- 
siiip of tlie cliurcli. 

Conemaugh, Pa. It is reported that 
Mrs. W^alter Wertz suffered a 
strolce some time ago and has not 
been too well since. We urge all 
to remember her in prayer. Mrs. 
Wertz is the first vice president of 
the national Woman's Missionary 
Society. 

Ashland (Park St.), Ohio. At a recent 
Truth Seekers Class meeting Dr. 
and Mrs. Louis Farre of Argentina 
were the guest speakers. Mrs. Farre 
is the former Grace Yoder, daugh- 
ter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Yoder, 
pioneer missionaries of South A- 
merica. Mrs. Farre graduated from 
Ashland College in 1928 and this 
was her first return visit to the 
campus since her graduation. 

Dayton, Ohio. Rev. Clayton Berkshire 
reports that two persons were re- 
cently received into membership of 
the church on the basis of their 
previous relationship to the Hill- 
crest Brethren. 

Massillon, Ohio. Dui'ing the recent 
revival services conducted by Rev. 
Donald Rowser, two couples 
stepped out to request member- 
ship into the church. 

Bryan, Ohio. At the recent annual 
meeting, Rev. Smith Rose was 
called to serve as pastor for another 
year beginning in September of 
this year. This call has been ac- 
cepted. Also at this meeting, it was 
voted to air-condition the audi- 



torium and to put storm windows 
on all sanctuary windows. 
Smithville, Ohio. On Sunday morning, 
January 10, Paul Steiner was rec- 
ognized as a licensed minister. Mr. 
Steiner is now a Middler in the 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 



Memorials 

SINK. Mrs. Susie Sink, a member 
of the First Brethren Church, Flora, 
Ind., passed away recently. Services 
were conducted by Rev. C. A. Stewart 
and Rev. William Livingston. Burial 
was in Maple Lawn Cemetery. 

Mrs. Lee Voorhees 

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SHIVELY. Mrs. U. J. Shively 
passed away on December 31, 1964, 
at the age of 84. She is survived by 
her husband; a daughter, Helen; and 
a son, Robert. 

The dedicated work of Mrs. Shive- 
ly is well known to almost every 
member of the Brethren Church. For 
thirty-five years she served as the 
capable spiritual president of the Na- 
tional Woman's Missionary Society 
of the Brethren Church. It was due 
to her vision and diligent efforts that 
Memorial Chapel now stands on the 
campus of Ashland College. 

Mrs. Shively was a member of the 
Brethren Church for over seventy 
years, most of which she served in 
the First Brethren Church of Nap- 
panee, Indiana. 

The funeral services were con- 



ducted by the undersigned. Dr. Glen 
L. Clayton, President of Ashland Co: 
lege, paid tribute to Mi's. Shivel; 
noting her devoted contribution t 
the college and the Brethren Churcl 
Rev. William Anderson 



Weddings 



IMMEL - BAME. Miss Caroly 
Joyce Immel and Charles Bame wer 
united in marriage in an impressiv 
candlelight ceremony at the Firs 
Brethren Church, North Mancheste: 
Ind., at 4 o'clock on December 2( 
1964. The bride is the daughter c 
the Rev. and iMrs. Woodrow A. In 
mel, pastor of the First Brethre 
Church in North Manchester. Th 
bridegroom is the son of Mr. Donal 
Bame and the late Mrs. Bame c 
Ashland, Ohio. 

The bride's father, assisted by th 
Rev. Philip Lersch of Ashland, ol 
ficiated at the double ring cere 
mony. 

The couple will live at Flagstaf 
Arizona, where the groom is an assc 
ciate instructor in the music deparl 
ment at Arizona State College whil 
doing graduate study in that flelc 
Mr. Bame is a graduate of Ashlan 
College. Mrs. Bame has completed aJ 
requirements for her degree whic 
she will receive from Ashland Col 
lege next June. 

Mrs. J. Raymond Schult 

KRING-KNOWLTON. Miss Jane 
Lee Kring, a member of the Ardmor 
Brethren Church, South Bend, In 
diana, became the bride of Donal 
Lee Knowlton in a candlelight servic 
in the church on December 26, 1964 
The pastor. Rev. C. William Cole, of 
ficiated. The bride will graduate fron 
the South Bend School of Practica 
Nursing this January. The groom i 
now attending American Jet Inc. 
Reah HaiTnan 
Corresponding Secretary 



January 30, 1965 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIME" 
Theme for February — "BY GIVING YOUR POSSESSIONS TO HIM" 

Writer for February — Miss Beverly Summy 
February 7-13 — "Gi\'ing Our Time to God" 



Sunday, February 7, 1965 
Read Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 

The beautiful passage you have 
just read in Ecclesiastes expresses 
how important time is and how 
it should be used wisely. Time is 
a precious gift from God to be used 
for His glory, but too often we let it 
run through our fingers like sand, 
water, and quiclisilver; and it is 
soon gone. 

It is not easy in these rushing 
days to sort out our lives and put 
first things first. But do it we must! 

In Hosea we are told that it is 
time to seelt the Lord and that 
should be our first concern. Then 
all our hours, days, and years will 
be dedicated to Him and will be 
'filled with service for Him. 

The believer must then use his 
time wisely, selecting the best 
rather than the better, the impor- 
tant rather than the trivial, and 
the fruitful rather than the un- 
fruitful. 

The Day's Thought 

O Lord, show me the importance 
of my time here and help me use it 
— ^not wantonly, but wisely. 

Monday, February 8, 1935 

Read Scripture: Acts 6:8-15 

The apostles of the early Church 
felt they must unburden themselves 
from the more trivial task of caring 
for the physical needs of the 
Church so they could devote them- 
selves to the spiritual needs of the 
believers. Therefore, they decided 
to select deacons of the Church 
to care for the physical demands 
that some felt were being ne- 
glected. 

Strangely enough, as the Scrip- 
ture reveals in Acts 6, these dea- 
cons, and particularly Stephen, did 
not confine their time to physical 
needs only. Soon Stephen's bold- 
ness and power in witnessing led 
to trouble with disputers in the 
synagogue. 



Too often we have the mistaken 
idea that deacons are to be seen 
only at the Communion, serving 
the bread and the cup, and never 
to be heard testifying to God's 
glory. All believers are to witness 
in the time God has given them. 
The Day's Thought 

Remember — the first Christian 
martyr was not an apostle! He 
was Stephen, a layman and a dea- 
con, who used his time for God! 
How do you use your time? 

Tuesday, February 9, 1985 

Read Scripture: Proverbs 28:27: 
Matthew 25:34-46 

For many people, giving means 
money! Oddly enough, our Lord 
never said much about money ex- 
cept that the love of money was 
wrong. He said much more about 
giving our time to others and per- 
haps a coat or cup of water. 

There are even other things you 
can give: encouragement, the will 
to live, and a reason for living. 

While confined to a hospital, I 
was able to observe the reactions 
of various people to a crippling 
disease. One young man with broad 
muscular shoulders and strong 
arms was left with paralyzed legs. 
He was given double leg braces and 
crutches. His strong arms and 
shoulders were able to carry him, 
but he decided he could not do it 
and sat down in a wheel chair to 
remain there the rest of his days. 
Others fought for their very life 
and breath and struggled to grasp 
a pencil. 

Some doctors and nurses pam- 
pered patients and others drove 
them mercilessly, knowing that 
they must make the patient mad 
enough to fight back. These same 
patients then had something to 
give to others. 

You have much to give — give it 
away and you shall receive in 
abundant measure. 



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Our writer for the month of Feb- 
ruary is Miss Beverly Sumniy of 
Asliland, Ohio. 

Miss Summy is the Acting Youth 
Director for the Brethren Church 
having served in this capacity since 
Rev. Marlin McCann resigned as 
Youth Director over a year ago. Be- 
fore this time, she was the secretary 
in the Brethren Youth office. 

Beverly is a member of the Garber 
Memorial Brethren Church in Ash- 
land and is very active in the church. 
We are happy to have her as our 
writer for this month. 



The Day's Thought 

God gave His all. Can you do 
less? 

Wednesday, February 10, 1965 

Read Scripture: John 5:33-39 

Recently a college student was 
heard to say, during a discussion 
on how to deal with people of 
strange cults, "How can we expect 
the Bible to convince them of the 
truth? If they would approach me 
with their literature, it would not 
convince me of their beliefs." Oth- 
ers present at the discussion 
pointed out that we need never be 
afraid of the Bible being ineffec- 
tive, for it is God's Word and the 
Holy Spirit gives it power. 

The next conclusion that these 
students reached was that we must 
know the Bible as God's Word and 
know what it says. Here is where 
we fail so often. 

A soldier is not drafted and im- 
mediately sent to the front lines of 
battle. His officers know he will 
be of little use against the enemy 
without time spent in preparation 
for such duty. The believer is en- 
gaged in spiritual warfare and dare 
not go into the field without time 
spent in preparation. We are often 
listed "missing in action" because 
we do not use our time for wise 
preparation. 

The Day's Thought 

Make me a soldier fit for the 
Lord's army, fitted for service and 
armed for battle ! 

Thuroday, February 11, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 4:5-8 

In a moment of time. Real temp- 
tation — ^Jesus was faced with it! 
I dare say none of us have ever 
been faced with the real choice of 
making the kingdoms of the world 



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ours or to turn our backs on them 
for something even better. But Je- 
sus was thrust into this temptation 
in a "moment of time." 

How would we face such tempta- 
tion? How did Jesus face it? He 
Icnew and used the Scripture to 
fell Satan's foul ambitions. Jesus 
quoted Deuteronomy 6:13: Thou 
Shalt tear the Lord thy God, and 
serve him, and shalt swear by his 
name. 

When you are faced with temp- 
tation "in a moment of time," what 
can you say or do to shield your- 
self from the darts of the Devil? If 
you have used your time well by 
studying His Word, the Holy Spir- 
it will call to your remembrance 
the words you need in that mo- 
ment. 

We are often fearful that we will 
forget, but the Holy Spirit never 
forgets. However, we cannot expect 
Him to give us words out of the 
"wild blue yonder" as some expect 
Him to do. We must have read and 
studied, and He will honor that 
preparation by recalling the right 
words to our minds. 

The Day's Thought 

Lord, make me a faithful student 
of Thy Word in the days Thou 
hast given me. 



Friday, February 12, 1965 

Read Scripture: Ephesians 5:6-17 

Circumspectly means discreetly 
or toeing attentive to all circum- 
stances or consequences; therefore, 
when we walk circumspectly, we 
are noting all the circumstances 
or consequences about us as we 
proceed. We do not bolt along our 
way as a fool would, caring only 
for himself. 

The believer's time should be 
spent walking with the Lord, 
watching carefully for those things 
that would lead him astray and 
waste his time. It is his business 
to make time count — redeeming 
time for God's use. 

We are not perfect and will not 
be perfect until the Lord takes us 
with Him. But the Bible says we 
are to be about the task of "per- 
fecting" noiv. We should continual- 
ly seek to attain to perfection, not 
faltering or falling because we are 
imperfect at this moment. 

It is much better for us to learn 
by our mistakes and continue on 
than it is to deny we make mis- 
takes. This kind of time conserva- 
tion is absolutely essential. 
The Day's Thought 

Make your time count by walk- 
ing before God and seeking to at- 
tain unto perfection. 



Saturday, February 13, 1965 

Read Scripture: Romans 13:11-14; 
II Corinthians 6:2 

A little girl was busy with her 
blocks, quietly placing one on top 
of the other, when her daddy ob- 
served the hushed procedure. He 
approached her and said, "What 
are you doing. Honey?" 

"I'm building a church," she re- 
plied and then cautioned, "and we 
must be very quiet." 

"Why?" asked her daddy in a 
whisper. 

"Because all the people are 
asleep," said she. 

The Bible says we are to awake 
out of our sleep for our salvation is 
near, now is the accepted time, and 
now is the day of salvation. 

With each passing moment since 
we first accepted Christ as our 
Savior, our time grows shorter and 
shorter. The time left to us on 
this earth is to be spent for Him in 
telling others about the salvation 
which is at hand. We do this by 
the words we speak, the life we 
live, and the actions we take. 

The Day's Thought 

Lord, wake us from our slum.ber 
and make us to know the day of 
salvation. 



CHILDREN'S 

DAILY DEVOTIONS - 

Mrs. Roberl- G. Holsinger 





,,',.,,.• iiciH.iu;;,-, ii'oiu Isaiah 
Memory Scripture for the month — Isaiah 36:4 
Trust ye iii the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah 
is everlasting strength. 

February 7-13 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 1:16-18 
Washed Away 

Linda was painting a picture in her Sunday school 
paper. Queenie and the puppies were playing in the 
kitchen. 

Linda finished her picture and was taking the pan 
ot paint water to the kitchen to empty. The white 
puppy jumped on her, causing her to spill the water. 
Most of it went on the puppy. 

"Oh, my," laughed Linda. "You have a big red 
spot now." 



Mom heard the commotion and came to the kitchen. 
When she saw the puppy she laughed, too. 

"Here is a cloth, Linda," she said. "Wet it and see 
if you can wash the spot from the pup." 

Linda washed and rinsed; washed and rinsed. The 
puppy wiggled and squirmed. At last the spot was 
gone. The fur was fluffy and white again. 

"You know," said Mom as she helped Linda wipe 
the water from the floor, "God tells us that our sins 
are red like this. When we accept Jesus as our Savior 
they are washed white. Just like the spot on the pup- 
py's fur, they are completely gone." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for taking away my sins. Help 
me to try each day to do the things I should. In Je- 
sus' name I pray. Amen. 



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 2:3-5; 9:2 



( 



Light 

"Here comes Uncle Jim!" shouted Gary. 

All the family crowded about him. They were glad 
to see him. He and Aunt Doris would stay with them 
until they left for Nigeria next month. 

"Did you have a good trip?" asked Dad. 

"Yes," answered Uncle Jim. "I was sitting right 
behind the bus driver and I was glad he had good 
lights to see to drive. It's really a dark night." 



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Linda peeked out the window. "It doesn't look any 
darker tlian usual to me." 

Dad laughed. "That's because we live in town where 
there are street lights every night." 

"My bus traveled through the country," said Uncle 
Jim. "There's no moon and very few stars tonight. 
It made me think of Nigeria where many people have 
not heard of Jesus. They have not had the light of 
the Oospel." 

Dad nodded. "The Bible says those of us who know 
Jesus have seen a great light." 

"I'm glad you and Aunt Doris are going to Nigeria," 
said Linda. "We will miss you, but I'm glad you're 
going to tell them of Jesus." 

"Maybe some day I'll come to help you," said Gary. 
"God may want me to be a missionary, too." 
Prayer : 

Thank Yiqu, God, for our missionaries in Nigeria 
and Argentina. Help them as they tell the people of 
Jesus. If You want me to be a missionary when I'm 
older, help me to be willing to go wherever I can 
best serve You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 6:5-8 
I'll Go 

"Oh, dear," sighed Mom in the kitchen. 

"What's wrong?" asked Gary, who was playing with 
his train in the dining room. 

''I've started to bake a cake," answered Mom. "I 
need two cups of fl'our and I only have one cup." 

"I'll go to the store for you," said Gary, jumping up. 

"Good," smiled Mom. "I'll start to peel the potatoes 
for dinner while you are gone. Here's the money. Please 
get a five-pound sack." 

Gary was glad to dO' the errand for Mom. 

Are you glad when you can help? Do you try to 
do what God wants you to do every day? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for my home and my family. Help 
me to do my share of the work. Help me to do the 
things You want me to do now and when I'm older. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 8:10-13 

God Is With Us 

The wind was blowing. It howled through the trees. 
It whistled down the chimney. 

The snow was falling thick and fast. A blanket of 
white soon covered everything. 

Dad had the radio on. "Don't go out tonight," the 
announcer kept warning. "Stay off the highway." 

"I'm glad we're all at home," said Linda as she 
peeked out the window. "Oh, there's a car out there!" 

"Sure enough!" exclaimed Gary as he looked out, 
too. "A man's getting out and coming up to the door." 

Dad hurried to the door. "Come in," he said. "It's 
too cold to stand out there." 

"Thank you," said the man as he stomped the 
snow from his shoes. "I'm Ralph Rogers. My family 
and I were on our way to see our sick grandmother. 
iWe got caught in this snowstorm. I'm afraid the car 
can't get through tonight. Can you tell me where we 
might find a place to stay." 

'^ight here," smiled Mom as she came from the 



kitchen. "You bring your family in while I fix some 
hot soup." 

"God has certainly been with us," declared Mr. 
Rogers. "I know He caused me to stop the car here 
where we would find shelter." 

"God is always with His children," agreed Dad. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for being with me. Help me to 
follow Your way every day. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 11:4-9 

The ChUdren Help 

"I'm going to help Dad and Mr. Rogers dig their 
car out of the snow," said Gary as he pulled on his 
boots. 

"Good," said Mom. "Since the highways are open the 
Rogers are anxious to be on their way. They are 
worried about their sick grandmother." 

"Where are my mittens?" asked Gary. 

"Where did you leave them?" wondered Mom. 

"On the register to dry," answered Gary. 

"Betsy help! Betsy help!" exclaimed the little one 
as she crawled under the desk. When she reappeared 
she had both of Gary's mittens. 

"Well, Betsy can help," laughed Gary. "You're a 
good helper, Betsy. Thank you." 

"Of course Betsy can help," said Mom. "There are 
may things children can do. You are going to help 
shovel the snow. Linda is entertaining the Rogers' 
children while Mrs. Rogers gets their things packed. 
By your helpfulness you are showing you love Jesus. 
That helps others to learn of Him and to love Him, 
too." 
Prayer: 

Help me, God, this day to do the things I can to 
help others learn of Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 12 

Saved From Falls 

"What fun we had!" declared Linda as she and 
Gary and Uncle Jim came in the backdoor. 

"You look cold," said Aunt Doris. 

"We are," agreed Gary, "but it was fun." 

"Could you stand up on your ice skates?" Mom asked 
Linda. 

"Not at first," laughed Linda. "Uncle Jim helped me. 
When I started to fall I held tightly to him. He saved 
me from lots of tumbles." 

"That's just the way it is when we let God help 
us," said Aunt Doris. "The Bible tells us He is our 
salvation. If we trust Him — hold on tightly as you say, 
Linda — we need not be afraid. He will help us. He 
will save us." 
Prayer: 

Dear God, it is good to know You will help me. May 
I always trust in You and not be afraid. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 25:8-9 
Our God 

Linda was looking through one of Aunt Doris' books. 
"What are all these funny things?" she asked. 



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Aunt Doris looked over her shoulder. "Oh, that's 
a picture of some of the African gods." 

"You mean they worship these things?" wondered 
Linda. 

"Yes," answered Aunt Doris. "Some worship idols 
like these as well as the sun and trees and other things 
about them." 

"Don't they know there is only one God?" 

"Some of them do," replied Aunt Doris. "Some of 
them are Christians, but many are not. That's why 
Uncle Jim and I are going to Nigeria. We want to 
■tell them of our God." 

"I'm glad we know Him," said Linda. "I am glad 
you can go to Africa to help others to learn of Him. 
I'll pray for you and Uncle Jim and the Nigerians 
every day." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know of Your love. Thank 
You for our missionaries who are telling the Nigerians 
and Argentines of You. Help them as they work for 
You in these faraway lands. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 



Spiritual Meditations 



Dyoll Belote 



OBEDIENCE AND FISH 

Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken 
nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let doton 
the net (Luke 5:5) . 

TUST LOWERING AND LIFTING nets in search of 
" fish is a tiresome task. These men were expe- 
rienced fishermen and no doubt had tried about all 
the places on the lake where fish were wont to be 
found. They knew how to "draw" the net that it 
would enclose any "school" of fish that would be 
caught within its folds. They had tried — ^(they had 
tolled all night and had "taken nothing") . 

Then, the Lord came wandering by and requested 
the use of Peter's boat. Peter had had the use of it 
all night and was tired. The best time for fishing was 
past, for the while, so why not let Him have it? Peter 
was through fishing for a while — Jesus had not yet 
begun to fish — and Peter was standing on the edge 
of a great surprise. To Peter, Jesus was the Master 
and loving Lord; to do His commands was his first 
duty. 

When Jesus began giving suggestions about the fish- 
ing, Peter did not think of arguing or refusing to 
obey. Maybe they had been fishing on the wrong side 
of the boat, maybe they had been impatient and had 
not waited for the fish to gather into an advantageous 
group so that the net would surround them. Maybe 
they hadn't thought about the Master caring much 
about fishing, or even that He knew very much about 
it. And just maybe it wasn't the right sort of weather 
to cause the fish to be "running." 

Some would have reasoned with Jesus on the basis 
of his whole night's experience of fruitless efforts; 
of his wide experience of the conditions of nature, 



and of his own intelligence and wisdom relative to 
favorable weather for fishing. 

Peter loved Jesus; he had trust in Him, he pre- 
ferred to show his love by being obedient to the Mas- 
ter. Contrary to Peter's expectations, the reward for 
his obedience was a breaking net filled with flsh. 

Just as Peter's obedience, love, and patience in 
obeying the Master was rewarded manyfold, so, like- 
wise, will we be rewarded (not in fish) but in blessings, 
when we do as Christ's mother told the servants at 
the marriage in Cana of Galilee, "Whatsover he saith 
unto thee, do it." At the marriage, the reward was 
wine that won the approval of the Master of the 
Wedding Feast; at Gennesaret the reward was a net 
bursting with fish. 

Upon every acquiescence to the Lord's commands, 
the reward always exceeds the expectations. The 
Messing follows the obedience, not precedes it. 




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Text: "MERE CHRISTIANITY" 

by C. S. Lewis 

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OHIO 

FAMILY 

CAMP 

1964 




FAMILY OAMP this year at Ohio's Camp Bethany- 
over the Labor Day weekend was less than pre- 
vious years in but one respect: there were fewer in 
attendance. About eighty campers were there for 
the full three-day period. Twenty-four stayed for at 
least two days and twenty-three others were there 
for at least one day. There were others who came to 
camp for part of a day, especially for the Sunday 
programs. 

What this year's camp may have lacked in quantity, 
it equaled or bettered in quality. 

'Its proximity to Ashland allows perhaps a better 
program than might have been possible otherwise. For 
example, families were blessed by the presence of 
Professor Delbert Flora of Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary. Rev. Flora brought the series of Bible studies 
based on Philippians 2 with the subject, "The Lord- 
ship of Jesus." 

Also on this year's agenda were discussion periods 
on Family Living with Professor Charles Munson 
leading. 

The Sunday morning worship period was most in- 
spiring as Field Secretary, Rev. Virgil Ingraham em- 
phasized anew the mission of the church as being 
missions. 

Veteran family campers of previous years were also 
ready to lend a hand in various capacities. Virgil and 
Lois Barnhart of Gratis handled the get-acquainted 
period; Jean and Wilma Richards of Newark had one 
of the devotional periods; Mrs. William Ankrom of 
Louisville led the children while the adults were in 
their Bible study; Barb and Nelson Hess of Akron had 
charge of the teens; campfire services were ably led 
by Harold and Shirley Bowers of Ashland and Dale 
and Norma Roesch of Dayton; your reporter was 
privileged to lead in study of the Sunday school les- 



son with the adults. Rev. Don Rowser of Smithville 
and Rev. Phil Lersch of Ashland Park Street shared 
chairman duties during the weekend. 

There were filmstrips, thought provoking movies, 
recreation, plenty of free time and of course snack 
times with more than ample food! 

Getting back to attendance which totaled 127 regis- 
trations this year, there were several theories sug- 
gested for the lesser number. Some thought that the 
camp was growing too large in the few short years it 
has been offered, and that the 1963 Family Camp 
was simply too large to remain as effective in its pro- 
gram as it had been. Others suggested the thought 
that there were campers who did not come because 
of the fire which destroyed all the tents, there being 
a number of people who prefer tents to the cabins. 
Others thought this same reason suggested, as did 
camp literature, that space might be at a premium 
and so stayed home. The suggestion in the advance 
literature suggesting that campers bring tents if 
they had their own was well taken as a tent and/or 
trailer city was most evident in the area which leads 
to one of the campfire circles. Frankly, it offers the 
ideal way to attend a Family Camp. 

One other feature this year, in addition to the most 
attractive chapel which was rebuilt after the fire, 
was the dedication of the new flags and flag pole 
which have been installed there. Rev. Rowser led the 
early morning campers, just after morning watch on 
Saturday, in a brief service of dedication. John Bu- 
tonac of Akron led in the pledge to the American flag 
and Sherrie Sears of Ashland led the pledge to the 
Christian flag. The flag pole was provided and in- 
stalled by the laymen of the Louisville church. The 
American flag which is one to have been flown over 
the Nation's Capitol in Washington, D. C, and the 



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Christian flag were given by the Nioxtheastern Ohio 
Laymen. 

Brad Weidenhamer organized a choir which sang 
during the Sunday morning worship hour. Buzz Bow- 
ers provided a variety of background music during 
the camp via a tape recorder and record player with 
speakers placed at the chapel windows. 

This then was another Ohio Family Camp. With 
programs such as this and with God's aontinued 
blessings upon us, who will be the second family to 
register for the 1965 Family Camp over the Labor 
Day weekend? The Paul Clappers, all six (oops, seven 
by that time ! ) will be there, Apache tent-trailer . . . 
and a bigger coffee pot this time! 

Paul Clapper 



Gentile 

Times 

of 

Supremacy 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 



XV 



THE TIME of Gentile supremacy over the entire 
world was decreed by Jehovah. The decree was 
delivered by Jeremiah shortly after the first fall of 
Jerusalem in 597 B.C. The decree was sent to the 
surrounding nations of Israel; to Edom, Moab, Am- 
mon. Tyre, and Sidon. They were representative of 
all nations. Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God 
of Israel, . . . I have made the earth, the men and 
the beasts that are upon the face of the earth, by my 
great poiver and by my outstretched arm; and I give 
it unto whom it seemeth right unto me. And now 
have I given all these lands into the ha?id of Neb- 
uchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and 
the beasts of the field also have I given him to serve 
him. And all the nations shall serve him, and his son, 
and his son's son, until the time of his own land come 
(Jer. 27:4-7— A.S.V.). 

Nebuchadnezzar took over the authority and The 
Times of the Gentiles began. To find the extent of 
it, we must seek the revelation in the book of Daniel. 

Daniel, like Ezekiel, was a prophet of the Exile in 
Babylonia. He was the mouthpiece of Jehovah to 
reveal the great truths concerning the Times of the 
Gentiles. It is very significant that portions of the 
book are written in Hebrew, and portions in Aramaic. 
Chapters 1 and 8-12 were in Hebrew and chapters 
2:4 to 7:28 are in Aramaic. Since the contents of 



chapters 1 and 8-12 concern Israel, they would natur- 
ally be written in Hebrew. Likewise, the portions 2:4 
to 7:28 are in Aramaic because they have to do with 
the eastern countries around Israel, and Aramaic 
was a common language. The message concerning the 
Times of the Gentiles is found in the Aramaic portion. 

God had chosen Nebuchadnezzar to be the first ruler 
of the Times. In Daniel 2 we read that this Nebuchad- 
nezzar, king of Babylon, had a dream which he could 
not remember (2:4-11) . None of the wisemen of Baby- 
lon were able to recall the dream for the king, and 
were ordered slain (2:12, 13). Daniel, a young captive 
Israelite, offered to reveal the matter with its inter- 
pretation. In answer to his request in prayer, God 
revealed to him the dream and the interpretation, 
which had to do with 'What should come to pass 
hereafter" (2:27-29). 

What Nebuchadnezzar had seen was a great image, 
and its being destroyed by, "The stone that was cut 
out without hands," and which, '^Became a great 
mountain, and filled the whole earth" (2:31-35). 

The image which Nebuchadnezzar saw was in 
appearance as a man of metal. The image represents 
the entire Times of the Gentiles which is as some- 
one has said, Man's Day. In the interpretation, the 
head of gold was Nebuchadnezzar, himself, who was 
the personification of Babylon (2:36-38). After Baby- 
lon, followed the breast and arms of silver which 
were, according to history, the Medes and Persians 
— -two arms — 'two people united. Next in the image was 
the loins of brass representing Greece (2:32, 39). 
Then last, the legs of iron, with feet mingling iron 
and clay, they pointed to the Roman Empire, two legs 
— Eastern and Western Rome (2:33, 40). Notice that 
the feet were not of a solid metal but ending in the 
toes of iron and clay. As iron and clay do not mix, 
so the toes were broken, mingled, but unmixed. We 
know that the Roman Empire was broken up into 
the provincial governments of Europe. Some of the 
toes continue as iron — Monarchial governments, while 
some as clay — Democratic governments mingling to- 
gether but separate until final federation under the 
Little Horn (Deut. 7:25). The Little Horn of 7:25 is 
the Prince that shall come, as shown in chapter 9: 
26, 27. 

Daniel was given a picture of the world, "Until the 
appointed time of the end" (8:17-19), and the Time 
still marches on. 

It should be noted that the exile of Israel to Baby- 
lon was not the final dispersion. At the end of the 
seventy years predicted (Jer. 25:11, 12), a portion of 
the exiled Judah returned to Palestine; for God must 
have a remnant of the Messianic tribe in the home- 
land into which His Christ would be born according 
to promise. The part of Judah which returned to 
Palestine set up their worship in Jerusalem and car- . 
ried on for four hundred years, yet they were always 
under the power of the Gentile nations of the great 
image. 

A notable change took place in the religious life of 
the Jews during the exile and in the succeeding years 
to the day of Jesus. The exile purged the last trace of 
idolatry from Jewry, and the leaders turned to the 
developing of a theology. The notable elements of the 
post-exile centuries were the preservation of the 
Royal Line of the Prince, and the theological growth. 



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The last two centuries saw the forming of the two 
great Judaistic parties, the Sadducees and the Phari- 
sees. 

There was a distinctive difference between the two 
leading parties. The Sadducees was the outgrowth of 
the work of the Hasmonaean family, often referred 
to as the Maccabees. The influence of this entire fam- 
ily upon Jewish life and religion was incalculable. 
The family background was largely political which 
carried through to the time of Christ as only semi- 
religious. 

On the other hand, the party known as the Phari- 
sees in Jesus' day held aloof from politics. They were 
called at first, The Hasidaeans, which means the 
pious. It was not a political, but a religious party. 
At the time of the revolt against the Persians, they 
sided with Mattathias, but when religious freedom 
was granted by Antiochus Apiphanes, they withdrew 
from the struggle and gave themselves almost ex- 
clusively to the interpretation of the Law. They held 
as binding, not only the written, but the oral law as 
well, and the traditions of the fathers. They often 
used a very fine splitting of hairs in their interpreta- 
tions, and were noted for being zealous for the letter 
of the Law while doing violence to the spirit of it. 
It was this practice that caused Jesus to brand them 
as hypocrites. 

This brings us down, in the Times of the Gentiles, 
to the ministry of Jesus. 

The exile of Israel was the judgment of God upon 
her for the extreme idolatry into which she had 
drifted. The great offense against Jehovah after the 
return to Jerusalem was hypocracy and unbelief which 
called forth condemnation from the hps of Jesus as 
He pronounced the seven woes upon them (Matt. 23), 
after which He foretold the destruction of Jerusalem 
recorded by Luke (21:20-24). The penalty was most 
severe, for He said. And they shall fall by the edge 
of the sword, and shall be led captive into all the 
nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the 
Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled 
(Luke 21:24-jA.S.V.). The prophecy of Jesus was 
carried out in the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus 
and the Roman army in 70 A.D. 

Since the expression The Times of the Gentiles is 
not used in the prophecies of the Old Testament, 
and in the New Testament but once, and that by 
Jesus, it was doubtless coined hy the Master for the 
purpose of revelation. It was a great revelation. Of 
course the Times of the Gentiles did not begin with 
Jesus' statement, or with His rejection, but was ush- 
ered in almost six hundred years before. It shall 
extend to the end of the age. 

It is necessary here to refer to the meaning of the 
End of the Age as set forth in other prophetic papers. 
In dealing with the many phases of prophecy, it is 
essential to tie them together. It is unfortunate that 
the translators refer to the end of the World. The 
resulting impression is of the destruction of the earth. 
The Greek word is not GA — earth; or COSMOS— 
the fashion or order; but AION— an indefinite time 
or dispensation. Since the prophecies are addressed 
to Israel, or the Jews, it is the Jewish Age that stands 
in view. Now the Jewish Age contains a parenthesis, 
or open space of time. The first sixty-nine of Israel's 
seventy week decreed history, ended with the for- 



mal rejection of the Christ, the Prince. With that 
event at the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusa- 
lem, Israel's prophetic history stopped, the parenthesis 
began, and the dispensation of grace, or the Church 
Age was ushered in. When the Church Age ends with 
its catching away to be with the Lord (I Thess. 4:13- 
17) , the parenthesis in Jewish history will end and 
her seventieth week as decreed will begin. That sev- 
entieth week of years is the End of the Age. 

To relate the Times of the Gentiles and the Jeioish 
Age, it must be observed that they are coexistant for 
a part of their course. The Jewish Age is a continua- 
tion of Israel's history under a decreed dispensa- 
tion, to give nativity to the Messiah, and continuity 
to the chosen people. Israel has her Prince, the un- 
crowned Messiah; the Messiah must have His con- 
stituency to accept and crown Him, when, "They 
look upon Him whom they pierced." The Times of 
the Gentiles is a world order recognized by Jehovah 
as "His servant" (Jer. 27:6, 7) for a period of time, 
and for a twofold purpose. First, it is to be the agent 
of judgment of Jehovah on Israel; then to mature 
and sustain her until her time of restoration (Jer. 
30:7-9, 18-22). The Jewish Age shall come to a full 
end, and the Times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled 
simultaneously. Both will occur when, "The stone 
cut out without hands shall smite the feet of the 
great image"; when He who is the Stone will, "Come 
with power and great glory"; He who is the rejected 
Prince with the pierced side, will "Build again the 
tabernacle of David which is fallen," and set up the 
Kingdom of Heaven. 

It remains now to consider another expression 
in the New Testament similar to the Times of the 
Gentiles. Paul closed his reference to Israel as branches 
broken off from the olive tree of God's planting (Jer. 
11:16) with. For I ivould not, brethren, have you ig- 
norant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own 
conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Is- 
rael, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in 
(Romans 11:25 — ^A.S.V.) . The Times of the Gentiles, 
and The Fulness of the Gentile, are not the same. 
Paul described Israel as, "Being hardened in part" 
during her dispersion. And he states that the hard- 
ening will continue until The Fulness of the Gentiles 
be come in. Paul calls it a mystery. This is the mys- 
tery of the parenthesis in Israel's decreed time, a 
parenthesis in which the Messiah Prince prepares 
Himself a Bride, as James said (Acts 15:13-16) by 
taking out of the Gentiles a people for His name. 
When the last saint is added to His Church, then the 
Fulness of the Gentiles will be come in, and the hard- 
ening of Israel will be removed. It is then that the 
Week of the E7id of the Age will begin, a time frought 
with momentous events of destiny. 

Wherein, therefore, lies the weight of these revela- 
tions for us today? Here is the burden of the Believer, 
that he is still under the great commission to bear 
witness to the whole world, of the saving grace of 
the Lord Jesus; to baptize; to teach faithful obser- 
vance of all the commands of Jesus. This is the sole 
business of the Church. 

The weight of these revelations hangs over the 
head of the unsaved like the sword of Damocles, and 
the hair that suspends that sword is as brittle as the 
seconds that tick away. 



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Our Duty Toward 

the 

HOLY SCRIPTURES IN THIS HOUR 

by REV. C. Y. GILMER 



WHAT MUST CHRISTIANS do when the Word of 
God is under attack as it is today? As these 
attacks increase great multitudes are deceived and 
deceiving. God's Word teaches that Christ is God 
incarnate and that He is the only God-man, "the- 
only-one-of-its-kind Son." The doctrine of "the apos- 
tasy" is that man is divine and has no need of a di- 
vine Redeemer. We face a direct attack upon the 
Word of God in the denial of its divine origin and 
authority, denouncing it as false, an accumulation 
of myths and superstitions. The Word is ignored in 
the world-wide education's omission of the Bible 
on the plea that religion is not now a practical source 
of intellectual unity. The Bible is not included in the 
"Great Books of the Western World" because it does 
not represent "the fullest revelation of the Western 
mind." Another manner of leading men away from 
the truth is the misinterpretation of the Scriptures 
by false and modern cults, wrongly assigning divine 
authority to statements that the Bible does not make. 
Many false teachings have plagued the Christian 
church from apostolic times to the present such as 
the denial of distinction of the Persons of the Trinity, 



Many are unwilling to accept the Bible alone as 
sufficient authority for faith. Neither Modernist nor 
the traditionalist are willing to stand on the Bible 
alone. If the church produced the Word, then the 
authority of the church should be regarded as final. 
It was traditionalists who rejected Christ and de- 
manded His crucifixion. But a small, despised minority, 
acting on the authority of the Old Testament Scrip- 
tures, accepted Jesus as Lord and Christ (Acts 3:20- 
26) . A minority finding higher authority in the Scrip- 
tures made us indebted to the Old Testament for the 
birth of the Church. It was the Word that produced 
the Church. The Church was molded by a distinct 
body of truth (Eph. 3:1-12). If the Apostles had not 
broken with the Sanhedrin, taking their stand for 
Christ as the true Messiah, the truth would have been 
lost. 

The revolt against God's Christ is not limited to 
unbelieving Israel. The Apostle John lived to see true 
servants of Christ ejected from a local church be- 
cause a man had gained the pre-eminence (III John 
9, 10) . False leaders early gained control of some 
congregations, rejecting Christ and His Word (John 



CENTRAL DISTRICT MODERATOR'S ADDRESS 



the reality of the Lord's body and the incarnation, 
the deity of Christ, sin and its consequences and the 
necessity of the Atonement. In the Middle Ages an 
infaUible church was substituted for an infallible 
Bible, and the Word of God was taken away from 
the people. Churchianity took the place of Christianity. 
However, the Reformation restored the Bible to the 
people. Then Satan began the overthrow of Chris- 
tianity by rationalism, pantheism. Higher Criticism, 
and Modernism. 



12:48) . Diotrephes reminds us of the "man of sin" who 
will hold sway over organized Christendom prior 
to our Lord's return (II Thess. 2:3, 4). This self- 
exalted one will make war against the saints (Rev. 
13:5-7). And a great religious leader will head a 
movement to worship the "man of sin" (Rev. 13:11, 12) . 
In our Lord's first coming the rival religious and 
political factions united to reject Him (Acts 4:25- 
27). Before the King comes to set up His Kingdom 
on earth (Ps. 2:6), another coalition will form against 



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Him. This strange alliance will be headed by the 
Antichrist and his false prophet. The majority of 
Christendom and Judaism will accept this man (John 
5:43). The assumption of human authority over the 
Bible doctrine of the Church (v. 44) sets the stage 
for the worship of a man (II Thess. 2:4). Dogmatic, 
tradition-rooted Romanists and free-thinking, ecu- 
menical-minded Protestants are trending toward the 
mutual acceptance of human authority over the 
church visible, culminating in a strange coalition 
against God and His Christ. This revolt will be crushed 
by the returning Christ (II Thess. 2:8; Ps. 2:9). 

The true Christ is so closely identified with the Bible 
that He is called "the Word of God" (Rev. 19:13). 
As He predicted, many false Christs will be presented 
to the world (Matt. 24:24), but the true believer will 
not be deceived by "the counsel of the ungodly." Just 
as the main body of Israel was rejected in its apos- 
tacy (Matt. 23:37, 38), so the larger professing church 
will meet a bitter rejection (Rev. 3:16; II Thess. 2:3; 
Luke 18:8). Such will be the peril of contradicting 
the Scriptures! 

In our time, a great change has occurred among 
Protestants in their attitude toward the Bible be- 
cause of the seeds of doubt as to the validity of the 
Scriptures. Many have lost confidence and interest in 
the Bible which their forefathers rescued through 
the horrors of the Reformation. What is happening 
to faith? Beside being as children, tossed to and 
fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, 
by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, where- 
by they lie in wait to deceive (Eph. 4:14), the modern 
civilization permits man to construct a world from 
which God is totally excluded. We live in an alluring 
world in which we see everything but God. We live 
in a superior dispensation with an inferior zeal. When 
the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the 
earth (Luke 18:8)? Faith will always be the victory 
that overcomes the world! But the tyranny of ex- 
ternal occupation is followed by spiritual weakness. 
The following lines with clarity and force show 
the wonderful assurance that comes from knowing 
and believing the Bible: 

What mankind needs in times hke these, 

With all its modern recipes. 

Is not, "I think," or "I suppose," 

"A Great Perhaps somehow, somewhere, 



What mankind needs when death appears 

And fills men's hearts with nameless fears 

Is not "I think," or "I suppose 

That there is life beyond the grave, 

At least for those both good and brave:" 

But these unerring words: "I know 

That my Redeemer hveth." 

— ^W. M. Czamanske 
There is a famine of the hearing of the Word of 
God. More than seven hundred million people are 
in a dire famine of the Word behind the iron cur- 
tain. In America the famine of the Word of God is 
for the Bible to be possessed as an ornamental object, 
a beautifully bound book, never to be read or obeyed. 
The famine of the Word of God exists in the church's 
class rooms and in its pulpits where world problems 
take the place of the oracles of God. Lately, Paul 
Harvey, news commentator, reported that a middle- 
aged daughter complained to her father that in their 
church she had never heard a message on the aton- 
ing blood of Christ, the hope based on His resurrec- 
tion. His deity. His second coming, the doctrine of 
Hell and of Heaven. To this her aged father replied 
that he had attended the same church all of his life 
and had never heard a Biblical sermon. In his char- 
acteristic way, Paul Harvey denounced the clergy 
of today who neglect the Bible and the calling of the 
ministry to be absorbed in physical matters, prob- 
lems of the day, and allowing atoms and molecules, 
bombs and planes, politics and world government 
to become their idols. 

Men not only fashion idols with their hands out of 
wood, metal, and stone, but also fashion idols with 
their heads in the way of false ideals, human religions, 
secular schemes of salvation, or making sensual sat- 
isfaction their chief aim. Anything that denies the 
priority to God and His Word in our lives comes under 
the Biblical meaning of idolatry. A people that places 
greater confidence in material wealth, human wisdom, 
scientific research, or military might than in God is 
worshiping idols. The thing that has sealed the Word 
of God to the believer is the believer's unbehef and 
disobedience and idolatry. The many things that are 
not identical with the interpretation of the Word 
of God but used in its place will never be a satis- 
fying substitute for the living Word of God. 
How can America be neutral toward God? On the 



Delivered in Cerro Gordo, Illinois 
Friday Evening, Sepfember 18, 1964 



May condescend to answer prayer;" 
But these assuring words: "I know 
There is a God who hears us." 

What mankind needs for all its aches 
When conscience from its sleep awakes. 
Is not, "I think," or "I assume 
That pardon may at last be won 
By what men do, or once have done:" 
But these authentic words: "I know 
Christ shed His blood to save us." 



plea of keeping sectarianism out of our public schools 
we are engaged in turning our schools over to the 
meanest of all sects, namely, the secularists. Many 
bend over backward to keep Christian ethics out of 
the schools in order to pacify a few militant atheists, 
but do nothing to check the open teaching of atheism 
in public education. Calvin Coolidge said, "Secularism 
will shake this nation to its foundation. Once secu- 
larism is enthroned as a public policy of our land, 
Christian freedom will survive temporarily on the 



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capital bequeathed to us by our forefathers; but 
the prodigal must eventually wake up to the fact 
that his father's fortune cannot sustain him forever. 
The moral values left in the American public con- 
science are carried over from a day when our country 
was regarded as 'a Christian nation.' " But morals 
cannot long be maintained where secularism reigns. 

Russia is the secular state in full bloom. It slaughters 
millions of innocent people who stand between its 
program and its promised age of peace and righteous- 
ness. Can men without God purge sin and bring in the 
millennium? Our life and liberty are not safe in a 
society where morals and freedom have lost their 
spiritual content. We cannot blame the waning tide 
of "freedom under God," wholly on legal decisions 
or secular leadership in the educational field. Secular- 
ism points an accusing finger at the average Chris- 
tian. He is to insensitive to the tide that threatens 
to wash away every remaining liberty, BECAUSE 
HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW MUCH OUR TRADI- 
TIONAL FREEDOM OWES TO THE BIBLE! How 
many Christians cherish freedom as our forefathers 
knew it? "The pursuit of happiness" has become the 
search for pleasure with its emphasis on food, fun, 
and frolic. Freedom to worship God has come to 
mean that one can do as he pleases. 

And what is going to be the result of education for 
a world society apart from the Word of God? For 
one thing, leaders with the lack of godly principles 
are going to be unable to solve the problems of this 
desperate age. In the words of Horace Mann spoken 
in 1848, "Shall this new empire be reclaimed to hu- 
manity, to a Christian life, and a Christian history; 
or shall it be a receptacle where the avarice, the 
profigacy, and the licentiousness of a corrupt civiliza- 
tion shall cast its criminals and breed its monsters?" 
Of public education Horace Mann said, "I have felt 
bound to show, that so far from its being an irreligious, 
and anti-Christian or an un-Christian system, it is 
a system which recognizes obligations in their fullest 
extent; that it is a system which invokes a religious 
spirit, and can never be fitly administered without 
such a spirit; that it inculcates the great commands, 
upon which hang all the law and the prophets." In 
that day sectarianism was stronger than it is today. 
Nevertheless the tax supported public schools of that 
day welcomed the Bible as a text book and pupils 
listened to its teachings reverently. 

One of the greatest needs of our modern Christian 
life is that of recovering the sense of obligation to 
wholeheartedness which seems to be so largely lost. 
Men are content to know Christ as Savior in a gen- 
eral sort of way, but there is no compelling constraint 
with serious purpose and endeavor. Such men may 
be truly His, but they are certainly not wholly His. 
Let the Savior be Sovereign! Only those who follow 
Him make any impression for Him upon the life of 
the world. Caleb said, / wholly followed the Lord my 



God (Josh. 14:8b). We impoverish ourselves if w 
allow anything to contest Christ's sovereignty in life 
Christian liberty is to live life by God's standard 
before the World blamelessly. We never really enjo 
freedom until we submit to the Law of God. Self 
pleasing ends in utter captivity. The man who live 
only to do his own will, without any regard to Goc 
soon finds himself held in strong fetters of his ow] 
forging. It becomes morally impossible for him t 
break the chains with which he has bound himselJ 
Those who discount the Bible are reaping all kind 
of evil. Obedience to God's laws may be costly bu 
it will strengthen and increase moral fiber and vigo 
for further obedience and conflict; while the con 
verse is warningly true also. The secret of outwar^ 
success is an inner life that is in touch with the Lon 
through delight in His Holy Word (Psalm 1). Thos 
who think they can by-pass God's Word shall neve 
know the truth but can only be the victims of thei 
own folly. 

The strong stand of the Bible on questions of moral 
gives offense to some. Instead of speaking of malad 
justment it flatly calls sin "sin." In place of blam 
ing upbringing and unfortunate circumstances, i 
places the blame squarely on the individual. Its "shal 
not's" have never caused negativism and a frustrate* 
personality. Sin does that. It is good for any one t 
know with unshakable convictions that there ar 
moral laws ordained by God that can only be broke) 
at personal peril, and that if respected will lead to ; 
wholesome and satisfying life. Instead of the Bibl 
harming personality it puts steel into it. Life mus 
be undergirded with the awareness of a spiritual basi 
to living. That gives life a sense of purpose and mean 
ing. The Book has been the secret of this nation' 
greatness. The Bread of Life that fed our forefather 
cannot harm but can only help the young American 
of this generation. The Bible is a steadying force am 
driving power for daily right living. Christ as our Ex 
ample conquered the infernal Adversary by His us 
of verses of memorized Scripture. The Word hldde] 
in the heart is the preventive for sin (Ps. 119:11) 
Scripture memorization is mentally stimulating am 
spiritually profitable. Meet with God in His Wor* 
each day. Let that be your driving motive in Bibl 
reading and study. 

As a Christian your most valuable, visible possessioi 
is the Bible. You are responsible to God to know Hi 
truth for yourself (Deut. 29:29) . Therein is your bless 
ing of comfort and hope (Romans 15:4) ; assuranc 
of personal salvation (I John 5:13); stability (Ro 
mans 1:11) ; knowledge of God's will for you (Col. 1:9) 
insight (Matt. 24:24); understanding of the time 
in which we live (I Chron. 12:32) ; lamp of prophec; 
(II Peter 1:19); victory over sin (Romans 6:11-14) 
The man who masters the Bible will not miss any 
thing that the Lord may ask of him (II Tim. 3:15 
17) . As believer priests we have a responsibility ti 



1964-65 Theme 



Ephesians 5:15-21 



"FULFILLING THE TIME" 



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ave a good personal knowledge of the Bible so that 
,ur lives and words may witness the Gospel to others. 
i! commentaries on the Holy Scriptures are used 
|.iey should be characterized by unqualified belief in 
lieir divine inspiration, essential historical worthi- 
less, and positive Christian usefulness. Explanations 
|re not to be taken with the same confidence as the 
Jord of Grod itself. We can do nothing in the battle 
or the Word of God in an antagonistic world until 
i'e first ourselves are clothed with that Word and are 

rong because it abides in us. 

Let us be greatly encouraged with the fact that the 
ible is indestructible! And what shall we say in 
xplanation of the indestructible Bible? Peter gives 
s the anwser: The Bible, he says, is "the Word of 
■od, which liveth and abideth forever." In plain 
ict, it is indestructible, because, it is able, under 

od, to communicate eternal life to every man who 
elieves its message. 

So let us war against any departure from the truth, 
ntagonism to the life of our Lord on earth. We must 
ot overdo any one area of Holy Writ but preach 
nd teach a well balanced Gospel, not shunning to 
jeclare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). All 
'lis is for ourselves that we may be strong in the 
l/'ord. Our duty is to go out with this Word as the 
ifford of the Spirit in our hands to do valiantly the 
3ats Of the Lord! 

We come now to definite recommendations for the 
[lurches of this district conference: 

1. Let us pray faithfully and earnestly that God 
lall call young men from our churches for the Gos- 
el ministry, and vow to support them with our gifts. 

2. Let us show an appreciative support to our Semi- 
ary Expansion Fund, knowing that without our 
jmlnary, The Brethren Church would be in a de- 
lorable state today. 

3. Let us re-emphasize the motto of The Brethren 
hurch: "The Bible, truth (I Tim. 1:10; II Tim. 3:8) ; 
caching a different doctrine (I Tim. 1:3; 6:3) ; apos- 
itizing from the truth (n Tim. 4:4) ; turning from 
le truth (I Tim. 4:1, 2)." And let us do what we are 
M to do with the Word of God: KNOW the Word 
H Tim. 3:15) in all its main teachings; KNOW its 
istorical facts, its great doctrines, prophecies, its 
jvelation of God's will for us, its commands, warn- 
igs, promises, and its power. And let us see to it that 
lere is an adequate body of men in The Brethren 
hurch who know the Word of God in its original 
inguages that we may be able to cope with the lita- 
ralists and the false cultists. 

If we are going to "hold fast the form (pattern) of 
jund words" (II Tim. 1:13), we must be a theological 
.lurch that knows how to rightly divide the Word 
f truth (II Tim. 2:15). We must know the wrath of 
od as well as the love of God. We must emphasize 
ood works as well as denounce the works of the flesh. 
Te must preach the prophetic Word as well as the 
hole Bible, and nothing but the Bible. 

4. Let us acquaint all the people with "The Message 
f the Brethren Ministry," so that they may know 
lat our position on the Holy Scriptures is theologi- 
illy sound and can tell others so. 

5. Let us keep training classes in progress through- 
at the calendar year, even though only a few enroll, 
rhen our constituency learns what teacher training. 



visitation, Christian life and church membership 
classes will do for a church, the response will grow 
and the church will grow. Special Bible training classes 
give needed enlightenment. 

6. Let us as individuals and individual churches 
do something definitely to bring America back to the 
Bible by distributing some definite system of helps 
for systematic and devotional reading of the Bible. 
Let us ask God on our knees what part we are to 
take in this mighty life-and-death struggle. Let us 
become more Bible-centered in our auxiliary life of 
the church. Let laymen sponsor Boys' Brotherhood. 
Let us crusade for Christ in child evangelism, young 
life movements for Christ. Let us strengthen what 
we have in the Woman's Missionary Society and Sis- 
terhood, Laymen and Boys' Brotherhood, and Breth- 
ren Youth. Let us try to reach the youth of our com- 
munities with the Bible, and do all we can to save 
our nation from becoming a godless state. Let us en- 
courage community Bible classes. 

7. Let us caution the waning of Christ's authority 
in our churches. Too often we let Him be little more 
than a beloved symbol. Let us not forget His Lord- 
ship over His Body, the Church, in all our deliberations 
and decisions. Let our Lord have the pre-eminence 
in all our church affairs. Let us not substitute our 
mind for His, and then expect Him to be our Helper. 
Let Him be Lord of all! 



CAMP WYANDOHE 
1964 

WE ABE HAPPY to report that this year we had 
sixty campers — twenty-eight young people and 
thirty-two juniors. This was the largest camp that 
we have had. Camp was held July 12 through 25, with 
Senior Camp being held the first week. Along with 
the seniors, there were also eleven staff members. Dur- 
ing an impressive candlelight service, fourteen camp- 
ers rededicated their lives to the Lord and one gave 
her life for full-time service. Five of the seniors re- 
ceived their diplomas. There were four intermediate 
classes held each morning and, also, four senior 
classes. Mrs. Wadena Wertz had charge of the crafts. 
Following are the senior and intermediate classes 
taught and the teachers: "Old Testament Heroes" — 
Rev. M. W. Dodds; "The Beginning and Meaning of 
Protestantism" — Rev. Dodds; "Missions in the Home- 
land" — Walter Wertz; "Christian Stewardship" — Rev. 
Kenneth Howard; "The Message of the Prophets" — 
Rev. Dodds; "Great Leaders of the Church" — Rev. 
Robert Holsinger; "The Meaning and Methods of 
Evangehsm"— Rev. Howard; "Building Christian Char- 
acter" — Walter Wertz. 

On Sunday, July 19, 1964, there were seventy-nine 
in Sunday school and one hundred present for the 
worship service. The message was brought by Rev. 
Kenneth Howard. The Senior Tribe awards were given 
out after the church service. There were one hun- 
dred and thirty who fellowshipped together at the 
dinner hour. In the afternoon, rallies were held by 
the W.M.S., S.M.M., and the Laymen. 

Several of the young people remained for the junior 
week to help as counsellors or to do some improve- 



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ments around the grounds. Along with the thirty-two 
junior campers, there were twenty staff members. 
Eight juniors came forward for flrst-time confessions; 
fourteen rededicated their lives to the Lord, and five 
received their diplomas. Junior classes taught and the 
teachers were: "God and the World in Which We 
Live" — ^Mrs. Dwight Bishard: 'The History of the 
Brethren Church" — Rev. Robert Holsinger; "Mission- 
ary Heroes" — Rev. Kenneth Howard; "Bible Dra- 
matics" — Rev. Carl Barber; Handcrafts — Mrs. George 
Grieve. 

Several items were purchased and added to the 
camp this year. They were: a heavy-duty mower; two 
second-hand showers; fire extinguisher for the kit- 
chen area: wheelbarrow to use around the camp for 
small jobs, and pencils with camp advertising. The W. 



M.S. presented the camp with four stauiless sfc 
kettles and an electric clock for the kitchen. Wc 
accomplished during the year was: steps repair^ 
work on drainage ditches, painting, cutting trees a 
brush, bridges repaired and installation of a sho\^ 
stall. Tentative dates for Camp 1965 have been : 
as follows: Senior Camp — July 18-25; Junior Camj 
July 25-31, with Rev. Carl Barber as Camp Direct 
We pray God's richest blessing on each camper a 
trust each will continue in the things that they hs 
learned; so that they "may grow in grace and in t 
knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." 

In His Service 
Mrs. Lee Howard 
Secretary of Camp Boa 




1965 Conference 



Highlights 



As THE WHEELS of this new year, 1963, begin to 
turn, so, also, do the wheels of planning for the 
General Conference of the Brethren Church to be held 
August 16-22, 1963. The theme for this conference session 
wiU be "Loving His Appearing" — H Timothy 4:8. 

Among the many new activities you will find this year 
will be the Missionary Conference which will fall at the 
end of the conference week. The Missionary Conference, 
beginning on Friday evening with a missionary ban- 
quet and missionary inspirational service, will feature 
Dr. Clyde Taylor, Director, Evangelical Foreign Mis- 
sionary Association of the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals. 

Another highlight of the conference wall be Dr. Ralph 
Earle, prominent theologian of the Nazarene Seminary, 
Kansas City. He will be bringing the inspirational ad- 
dresses each morning, Wednesday through Saturday. 

Rev. Jerry Flora, pastor of the Washington, D. C. 
church, will be speaking each evening at the Vesper 
services, and will be Youth Conference speaker for the 
week. The 1963 sessions of Brethren Youth "Catacomb 
Conference" will include the following: 
Messages of the Early Church from Acts — Rev. Jerry 

Flora 
Bible Quiz from Acts — finals on Saturday afternoon at 

the youth program 
Symbols — study of early Christian symbols 
Breakinff of Bread — jouth communion 
Vespers — Rev. Jerry Flora 
Mission Challenge — Saturday night with Dr. Clyde Taylor 



Moderator's Address — Jim Gilmer 

Having All Things in Common — project ingathering 

Praise and Prayer — singing and prayer 

Feasting Together — picnic and banquet 

The Sisterhood of Mary and Martha program is 
follows : 
Theme: "Loving His Appearing" 
Tuesday: "Profitable Stewards" — Mrs. Ralph Davis 
Wednesday: "Thankful Sisters" — breakfast 
Thursday: "Faithful Funds" — ingathering 
Friday: "Obedient Subjects" — business 
Saturday: "Expectant Servants" — movie and instal 
tion of off'icers 

This program of the Sisterhood of Mary and Mart 
is tentative and subject to change, but you can see tl 
the time spent together in Christian fellowship and lea 
ing win be interesting and valuable. Plan now to 
tend the S.M.M. sessions at the 1965 Conference! 

The following is a tentative list of many of the C( 
ference Highlights you will find during the week 
August 16-22: 

Monday, August 16 

Vice Moderator's Keynote Address — Dr. Harold Barm 
Tuesday, August 1" 

Conference business sessions open 
Moderator's Address — Rev. Charles Munson 
La.vmen's Public Service — Ken Anderson, laym, 

Christian missionary film producer 
Vespers — Rev. Jerry Flora, j-outh speaker 



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ednesday, Au^st 18 

Inspirational address — Dr. Ralph Earle, prominent 
theologian. Xazarene Seminao'. Kansas Citj- 

Sunday school workshop — evening inspirational service 

Vespers — ^Rev. Jerry Flora, youth speaker 

liarsday, August 19 

Inspirational address — ^Dr. Ralph Earle 

Minis ters-LajTnen breakfast and joint conference 

Ashland College — Seminary night 

Vespers — Rev. Jeny Flora, youth speaker 

riday, August 20 

Inspirational address — Dr. Ralph Earle in a m 

Boys" Brotherhood-LajTnen's breakfast 

\V. M. S. luncheon (?; 

ilissionarj- banquet 

ilissionarj- inspirational service and start of Mission- 
ar>- Conference with Dr. Clyde Taylor, Director, 
Evangelical Foreign ilissionarj- Association of Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals 

Vespers — ^Rev. Jerry Flora, youth speaker 

iturday, August 21 

Inspirational address — ^Dr. Ralph Earle 

Brethren Youth quiz final in afternoon 

Youth night — inspirational service — Dr. Oyde Taylor 

Vespers — Rev. Jerrj- Flora, youth speaker 

onday a. ni., August 22 

Final session — ^ilissionaiy Conference — ^Dr. Clyde Tay- 
lor 

* * * 

Plan now to attend Genercil Conference, 1965, which is 
5ing planned that you may receive the utmost benefit 
x)m the sessions! 

(Watch for more information on Conference in later 
sues of The Brethren Evangelist, i 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



For their inspirer is the Lord, 
Who gave to men His saving Word, 
The Word of grace and glory. 

W. M. Czmanske 

■ I '^±ij BOOK of Psalms bears its title hy divine au- 
1 thonzj "A^ts 1:20). The chief penman used by 
the Holy Spirit in the writrng of the PsaJms was David, 
the sweet Psalmist of Israel (U Sam. 23:1, 2). "David 
was the silver, but the Holy Ghost was the com- 
poser of the music" in Tim. 3:16). Seventy-three 
of the 150 |}salms are by their titles ascribed to David, 
but others classed as anonymous may be ascribed by 
Scripture to David — such as Psalms 2 (Acts 4:25.i. 
David arranged much of Qie Temple service of song 
and probably wrote much of its music (I Chron, 25:1) . 

The Psalms often prophesy of Christ (Luke 24:44). 
Psalms 22 is called a Mesaanic psalm (Matt. 27:35). 
Verses 16 and 18, along with others, are very definite 
in detailed prophecy (Matt. 27:35. 36. 40'- Other Mes- 
sianic psalms are chapters 2, 16, and 24. The psalms 
may be classified as instruction i32, 44. 52, 78), his- 
tory '105, 106 », adoration i8, 29 1, confession (51), 
thanksgiving 'ISi, supplication i86), penitential (102, 
130, 143', and impecarory or cursing tl09, 140). The 
last expresses abhorence at the evil of God's enemies. 

The historical experience on which a psp.'r' ;= ras^i 
may sometimes be ascertained (for Psalrii 1 rri-i 
n Sam. 15). A psalm may refer to a scriif.: :::-r - 
Israel's history, and also to the end :irie. :-ia ;:~- 
ing of the kingdom "compare Psalms 8:4-9 -^.'.'s. 
Heb. 2: 5-11 1. A better acquaintance with the psalns 
would help us to sing our hymns of rhe CiiJ::;!' -^.z's: 
better understanding 'I Cor. 14:15'. 

The second psalm, "God's King." teUs of Da— :d s 
greater Son: the Perfect Man, rejectee estitlisJ:;! 
and reigning over the nations, which ~ras partiallv 
fulfilled at Christ's first coming (Acts 4:23-28). Tiie 
poem is in fourdivisions: Man's rebellion, verses 1-3; 
God's attitude, 4-6 yU Sam. 7:8-17: Ps. 89 : 34-37 >: 
Gods decree. 7-9: an exhortation and warning, 10-12. 
•Begotten." La verse 7, does not refer to Christ's birth, 
but to His resurrection (Acts 13:32, 33). Those who 
will not respond to God's overtures must break (Luke 
20:18: Phn. 2:10. 11). 



THE SVTEET PS.A13nST OF ISRAEL 

Near Bethlehem, the house of bread, 

A shepherd lad is keeping 
His father's flocks, and aU are led 
From pastures to their downy bed. 

Beside the waters sleeping. 

-Across the harp his fingers glide. 

Sweet melodies are ringing: 
"Thou art my Shepherd and my Guide, 
I shall not want with Thee beside," 

His grateful heart is singing. 

Through all his psalms there runs a strain 
That makes the teardrops glisten. 

Like some sweet song with its refrain. 

That heightens joy and lessens pain. 
To which we love to listen. 

But, best of all. his psalms record 
Redemption's wondrous story: 




A great physician has analyzed the human body 
and has said that it contains enough fat to make a few 
bars of soap, enough potassium to set off a toy can- 
non, enough sulphiur to rid a dog of fleas, enough 
phosphorus to tip a box of matches, enough iron to 
make a twelvepenny nail, enough gases to fill a few 
jars, and the rest is water, which can be drawn from 
any hydrant for almost nothing. The total worth of 
the human body in the market place is ninety-eight 
cents, and how often do we sell our souls for less 
than a dollar. 

Louis H. Evans in YOUTH SEEKS -A. 

MiVSTER 'Fleming H. Revell Company) 



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THE LIFE WORK RECRUIT 



THE VIEW FROM VANDERGRIFT 

Here are some of the activities of the Pleasant View 
youth in Vandergrift, Pa. 

We started our fiscal year with a cookout and song 
fest given by our pastor, Rev. Godwin and advisors 
John and Jean Lynch. We had plenty of eats and 
good Christian fellowship. Rev. Godwin also brought 
us a challenging message to stand firm for Christ in 
the face of all opposition or any trial. 

At our first meeting we held election of officers 
with the following results: 

Cookie Hesketh president 

Rick Hesketh vice president 

Pam Godwin secretary 

Kathy Summerville . . assistant secretary 

Linda Rupert treasurer 

Sherri Kridler assistant treasurer 

On October 3 we had a bake sale at the Thorofare 
and we had a net gain of $24.05. For revival, two nights 
on November 14 and 15, we had a youth choir and a 
special. These seemed to be enjoyed by all who at- 
tended. 

On November 20th we held a fellowship with Brush 
Valley Brethren Youth. We opened the fellowship 
with a short worship service. Our assistant advisor, Bill 
Hesketh, presented an inspirational talk on Thanks- 
giving which gave us much to think about. We then 
retreated to the parsonage basement for games, sing- 
ing, and food. 

Of course, each month we travel to the rest home 
in Indiana, Pa., to give a service for the residents 
there. We enjoy bringing joy to these elderly people. 

Every Wednesday night we have a youth prayer 
and Bible study for the preparation of the Bible quiz 
on Acts. Being the runner-up in the district quiz of 
Pennsylvania, we hope to be national winners this 
year. 

We had a Christmas party for the Junior Church 
again this year and were hosts to the youth rally for 
the District in January. 

— Pam Godwin, secretary 



These two points are so closely related that it : 
easy to discuss them together. However, these tw 
points are harder to pin down than are some of th 
others for a great deal depends upon the type ( 
church and the functions in which the pastor fine 
himself involved. Usually when the minister is goni 
a member of the Deacon Board or the iVIoderator wi 
take charge of the worship service and introduce th 
guest speaker. If the young recruit is showing sigr 
of much progress and is capable, it would be well fc 
him to take charge of the morning service in the at 
sence of the minister. If the youngster is not quali 
fied to do this, he should, of course, not be place 
in this position. 

The minister could take the boy with him froi 
time to time on certain kinds of calls or to certai 
meetings of ministerial groups where his presenc 
would be welcome. Occasionally, the minister coul 
ask the young recruit to read the morning Scriptui 
or offer a prayer but this should be done sparing] 
so that it does not become a routine duty to the youn 
person. 

At special times of Baptism, Communion, Dedica 
tion of Babies, etc., the pastor could talk with th 
young recruit, describing any special preparation h 
makes for these special events. He could explain t 
the youngster something of his own spiritual prepa 
rations such as his Bible study, his sermons, his de 
votions. This is a good time to discuss some of th 
peculiar aspects of the minister's life which set hii 
apart from other professions. In fact, this is an ide£ 
time to become involved in purely spiritual matter, 
as most daily contacts are of a more practical natur( 
The pastor can make suggestions for Bible study fc 
the young person, and talk over any spiritual question 
he might have. 

These two points involve the most personal contac 
with the young recruit and what the pastor does her 
will be highly individualistic and entirely persona 
It will depend upon how much time he can willingl 
devote to the recruit's instruction in his future dutie 
and how anxious he is to make the young perso: 
personally involved in his priesthood and service. 



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fill the D E R B Y hat" - SIO^ 



I|ranuary 30, 1965 

PROJECT PATTER 




Derby Brethren at Worship 

The Derby Brethren bring greetings in the Lord's 
name. We are loolcing for Divine guidance as we seek 
to move forward for Him. Negotiations are now under 
way for the purchase of a lot immediately to the north 
i J3f the parsonage to provide for future expansion. Con- 
sultations with the General Missionary Board are 
hastening the erection of the first unit. 
We have just been visited by Beverly Summy, John 
jlPorte and Rev. Virgil Ingraham. 

A leadership training class concerning "Sunday 
JSchool Organization and Administration" is planned 
II for January and February. 




Derby Junior High Class 
Eugene Winter, teacher 

Your special prayers are requested for the Derby 
work in the following areas: 

1. Pray for the development of a strong evan- 
gelistic church. 

2. Pray that souls will be reached in the fast- 
growing Derby area. 

3. Pray that the Lord will give guidance in the 
erection of a church building. 

4. Pray that the Lord will provide certain mate- 
rial needs such as a filmstrip and slide pro- 




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jector, teaching aids and other equipment 
needed in the church building. 
Included with this report are some pictures show- 
ing the Derby Brethren at worship and study. 

—Pastor M. W. Dodds 



IDEA 
BOX 




Derby Senior High Class 
Dioight Bishard, teacher 



"For the Birds" 

This Junior party idea is "For the Birds" and we 
mean that in the best sense. 

Assign two children to read the Scripture as follows: 
Matthew 10:29-31 and Luke 12: 6, 7. Use the hymn, 
"This is My Father's World," as the opening song. 

A review of the Genesis account of creation either 
verbally or in fiannelgraph would be suitable and 
perhaps a Bible story where birds played an important 
part could be included. You might like to use a story 
from Bird Life in Wington by J. Calvin Reid pub- 
lished by W. M. Erdman's Publishing Co. 

During the winter we should think of caring for 
the birds and this party theme gives you a number 
of opportunities to show God's care and our responsi- 
bility for His creations such as animals and birds. 

GiAMES you might like to use: 
Have pictures of different birds hung at random about 
your room (using familiar birds) and have the chil- 
dren use a paper and pencil to write down as many 
birds as they can identify. 

"The Birds Fly" is a game where the children stand 
and when a bird is mentioned they are to wave their 
hands and arms like a bird but if an animal is named, 
they are to drop their arms and hands to their sides. 
The last one left standing wins the game. 
Or you might give facts of a Bible story concerning 
an experience with a bird (such as Noah and the dove 
or Elijah and the ravens) . Credit goes to the one who 
first recognizes the bird. 
Close with this poem: 

"Said the robin to the sparrow, 

T should really like to know 

Why the anxious human beings 

Rush about and worry so.' 
Said the sparrow to the robin, 

'I suppose that it must be 

That they have no heavenly Father 

Such as cares for you and me.' " 

The hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth" could be 

used with a final prayer for wisdom and strength 

to do the right thing at the right time. 

For refreshments serve bird shaped cookies and 
chocolate milk. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




S^^^fi'^ i'tow^ lettei^ . . . 



THE FOLLOWING are excerpts from letters of Mar- 
garet Lowery and Nancy Hostetler concerning 
December activities at Krypton Bible Center and 
Riverside Christian Training School. Although to speak 
of Christmas now may sound like past history, we re- 
lay this information to you, since we know that past 
history does affect the future. 



KRYPTON 



Our Christmas activities began on Sunday, Decem- 
ber 13, when we held a joint singspiration and fellow- 
ship with the Dunraven and Krypton Sunday School 
groups. A group of young people, under the direction 
of Miss Sirkle from Riverside Christian Training 
School, were present and presented several Christmas 
selection. A splendid time was enjoyed by all. The 
children and teachers of the local public school were 
entertained on Thursday afternoon, December 17. 
The Homemakers assisted in this Christmas party. 
Games were played, refreshments were served, gifts 
of socks and gloves were given to each child, and a 
religious filmstrip pertaining to Christmas was shown. 
At the services on Sunday, December 20, special Christ- 
mas music and filmstrips were used. Our Christmas 
program at Krypton was held on Wednesday night, 
December 23. All who participated in the services did 
very well and need to 'be commended. A Christmas 
film was used to enhance the program. On Thursday, 
December 24, our Dunraven group filled the school 
house for its annual Christmas service. The audience 
was most receptive and I believe greatly blessed by 
the program of songs. Scripture and films. Numer- 
ous visits and supplies brought cheer to the shut-ins 
and less fortunate. The folks should have received 
a greater knowledge and deeper insight into the true 
meaning of Christmas. 

Our friends and supporters have been the finest 
this past year. Your contributions have helped make 
it a successful year and have done much to bring 
comfort and joy to many. It makes us humbly grate- 
ful to think of all you have done for me personally 
as well as for the Mission program. We welcome this 
opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks for your 
support and prayers. 

. . . Margaret Lowery 






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FOR MISSIONS 

$500 

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Rishel 

by Mrs. Mary E. Ringler 

$50 

Mr. John Weed 

by Mrs. Jolin Weed 

and 

Mrs. Marguerite Gribble Dunning 



January 30, 1965 



Page Twenty-one 



Riverside Christian Training Sciiool 



THE NEW CHURCH is beautiful and made a fine 
setting for the staging of tiie Christmas play 
'The Road to Bethlehem," presented by Dr. Barnett's 
Iramatic class. Also included in the evening's pro- 
gram, which was attended by a larger community 
ludience despite bad weather, were several numbers 
by the community band under the direction of our 
music teacher. Miss Sirkle. Afterwards, there was 
1 short P.T.A. meeting in the church basement and 
the play cast, which did a wonderful job for student 
amateurs, was honored at the refreshment table. 
The boys living in the dorm had a nice surprise for 
Christmas. Partitions were set up in the dorm to make 
seven separate rooms, each including closet space 
and provisions for a desk area. There is bed space for 



approximately 20 boys. It looks very nice and cozy 
and the boys enjoy it. 

Another fine treat was the donation of money and 
provisions to have a very special Christmas supper. 
We were able to have pure hamburgers and all the 
ice cream the kids could eat, in addition to french 
fries, angel food cake and all the trimmings. 

One weekend the athletic department sponsored 
an invitational basketball tournament in the gym. 
The other three teams were Oakdale Christian High, 
Henderson Settlement, and Kingdom Come. There 
were games Friday and Saturday evenings and the 
R.C.T.S. '64 Rams completely outplayed their op- 
ponents and won the championship trophy. 

Nancy Hostetler 



UP-TO-DATE ON THE DRUSHALS 



FOR QUITE SOME TIME Mrs. George Drushal, re- 
tired director of Riverside Christian Training 
School, has been residing on the west coast of the U. S. 
M the present time, she is living with her daughter, 
«Ldah, at 3000 S. E. 118th Avenue, Portland Oregon, 
[t is most interesting to hear about their continued 
work in 'His service. 

Adah works four nights a week in the Juvenile De- 
tention Home. It is not a Christian institution and she 
is restricted from teaching Christianity, but is able 



to help them through love. Adah and her mother are 
very active in church work, taking part in Union 
Gospel Mission services in "Skid Row" area, and help 
one night a week at Seamen's Center. Workers from 
the Center meet ships from all over the world, giving 
friendly welcome by serving cookies, coffee, and pro- 
vide games, books and tracts for them. They are able 
to witness to them of Christ and many are won to 
Him there. Each Tuesday the Drushals have a Bible 
Class for children living on their street and they take 
a number of them to Sunday School and church. 




NEW TEN DOLLAR CLUB MEMBERS 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Baker Vinco Church 

Paul E. Bolinger Wabash Church 

Ralph iL. Fairbanks Mansfield Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hollinger New Lebanon Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell V. King Hagerstown Church 

Mary Manning Bryan, Ohio 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Nice Wabash Church 

Shipshewana Sunday School Shipshewana, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Wagoner Mt. Olive Church 

William Walk Vinco Church 

Young Adult Class Hagerstown Church 

Mrs. Myrtle Zinn Flora Church 



Why not join the 
TEN DOLLAR CLUB? 



Page Twenty-two 



GIGTER IIOOI^ 



Introducing . . . 



The Brethren Evangelisl 



THIS MONTH we are introduc- 
ing Miss Nancy Keffer, our 
newly appointed National Sister- 
hood Treasurer. Nancy's home is 
in Ashland, Ohio, and this year she 
is a freshman at Ashland College, 
majoring in elementary education. 
While in college she is a member 
of the Women's Gospel Team. Nan- 
cy is a faithful member of the First 




Brethren Church of Ashland, where 
she sings in the church adult choir. 

Nancy was a very active member 
of the Sisterhood society in her 
home church, having served as 
president at one time; so she is 
quite familiar with SMM work. We 
pray God's blessing upon you, Nan- 
cy, as you serve in this capacity. 

You may write to Nancy at 965 
Smith Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 



Dear Girls, 

As the old year ends and the 
new one begins, so should your 
Sisterhood groups. Take a good look 
at your group ! Has your attendance 
diminished or do your meetings 
seem to go on with no meaning? 
Do you look forward to Sisterhood 
or do you dread it? If these things 
are happening to you and to your 
group, how can you pep things up? 

Since we are in a new year, many 
of you are making resolutions. We 



always, or so it seems to me, make 
the same ones year after year! 
But this year, let's all resolve a 
little differently. Top your resolu- 
tion list with Sisterhood attend- 
ance. Surely one night a month 
can be set aside for this. Secondly, 
remember to contribute to your 
Thank Offering. Many times we 
forget to and then when we have 
to turn it in we don't have any, 
so we go to our parents (or maybe 
another fund we have) . Finally, 



remember to spend time in prayer 
and Bible Study. If you don't have 
time before going to bed, get up 
earlier in the morning. 

These three resolutions should 
top every Sisterhood girl's list. Are 
they at the top of your list of 
resolutions, or are they completely 
forgotten? 

Sincerely, 
Nancy Keffer 



PRESIDENT HONORARY 
CHAIRMAN OF BIBLE 
READING PROGRAM 

NEW YORK (ep) — President John- 
son will serve as honorary chair- 
man of the 21st annual Worldwide 
Bible Reading program of the 
American Bible Society, it was an- 
nounced here by Everett Smith, 
society president. 

Also on the sponsoring committee 
are the nation's three living for- 



mer presidents — Herbert Hoover, 
Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. 
Eisenhower. 

The annual program is intended 
to unite Christians around the 
world by the reading of identi- 
cal, pre-selected Scripture passages 
each day between Thanksgiving 
and Christmas. 

The program started during 
World War II when a Marine on 
Guadalcanal wrote to his family 



asking that they maintain ties bj 
the simultaneous reading of th« 
Scripture passages. The Bible so- 
ciety was asked to suggest the pas- 
sages and, believing other service- 
men might want to follow the prac- 
tice, provided a list of passages or 
bookmarks to overseas chaplains. 
The society reported that thi; 
year, 14 million bookmarks in manj 
languages and Braille systems wil 
be distributed. 



January 30, 1965 



Page Twenty-three 



ORDINATION SERVICE 

ROY AMSTUTZ 

SmithvilJe, Ohio 

November 8, 1964 

ON SUNDAY MORNING, November 8, 1964, Mr. 
Roy Amstutz of Smithville, Ohio, was ordained to 
the Christian Ministry in the Smithville Brethren 
Chmxh. The order of service was as follows: 

Prelude "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" Bach 

Mr. John Farlow, Organist 

Hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy" 

Invocation Elder Donald Rowser 

Otfertory "Ave Verum" Gounod 

Doxology and Dedication of Offering 
Action of the Church calling for Ordination 

Robert West, Moderator 
Action of the District 'Ministerial Examining Board 

Elder Rowser 

Anthem "Lovely Appear" Gounod 

Choir 

Ordination Sermon Elder Virgil Meyer 

Solo "How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings" 

Beulah Amstutz 
Accompanied by R. W. Klingel 

The Scriptural Charge I Tim. 3:1-7; II Tim. 4:1-5 

Elder Rowser 
Questions and Charge to the Candidate 

Elder J. G. Dodds 
Ordination Prayer with Laying on of Hands 

Elders Rowser and Dodds 

Setting Apart as Elder Elder Dodds 

Declaration of Authority Elder Rowser 

The Consecration of Mrs. Roy Amstutz 
as wife of an Elder 

Charge to serve as wife of an Elder Elder Meyer 

Prayer with Laying on of Hands 

Elders Dodds and Meyer 

Hymn "Lord, Speak To Me" 

Benediction Elder Roy Amstutz 

Postlude "Psalm 19" Marcello 

Near Smithville, Ohio, on June 20, 1917, a son was 
■born to 'Mrs. Emma Amstutz and the late Vernon Am- 
stutz who was named Roy. Living in this community of 
Smithville, Roy attended the local schools, graduating 
from the Creston High School in 1935, and followed the 
vocation of farming and carpentry. 

In 1944 he married the former Wava Harris, daughter 
of the late William and Ida Harris whose home near 
Nashville, Ohio, became the present Camp Bethany. Roy 
and Wava have four children: John, 19, Joyce, 17, Janet, 
13, and James, 3. 

Roy 'had felt the call into the ministry for many years. 
It was not until his health was broken, however, that 
he made a decision to enter the ministry, if his strength 
permitted. Six years ago on the second Sunday in No- 
vember, God restored Roy's health. At this time Roy is 
completing his fifth year of study at Ashland Theological 
Seminary and Ashland College, where he is employed. 
He is also serving as pastor of the Bethel E. U. B. Church 
near Wooster, Ohio. 



STEPS 

to 

STEWARDSHIP 

The following are some steps to Stewardship. On 
which step are you standing? 

The Tip Step — These folks give God a dime as they 
do the girl who checks their hat. They even give a quar- 
ter and equal their gratuity to the porter or waiter. 
Surely God is not pleased by such ungratefulness for 
His blessings. 

The Amusement Step — They give when, or if, they 
attend church. It is on the same level as their patron- 
age of the baseball park. They pay only when they go 
— or as a government official once put on his pledge 
card; "$5.00 per week, when I come." Can we hope 
for God's blessings on such giving? 

The Promise Step — It is a well-known fact that 
many pledge that which they never even try to pay. 
They impress the church canvassers with their false 
"generosity" and do not hesitate to let others know 
how much "we pledge." What God thinks of this is 
found in the story of Ananias and Sapphira who made 
a pledge, had money to pay it, and then held out on God. 
They were accused of lying to the Holy Spirit, and their 
punishment was death. False promises do not merit His 
Blessing. 

The Tithe Step — Some believe the law of the tithe 
to be God's plan for all time and therefore binding up- 
on Christians; honesty requires them to pay it. Others 
accept it as a fair and reasonable plan for recognizing 
His ownership and their stewardship. Whether we con- 
sider it an obligation or a privilege, surely we ought 
not do less as Christians than has been required by the 
law. 

The Tithe and Offering Step — The tithe of old was 
the measure of honesty, and the offering was the evi- 
dence of love. God, speaking through Malachi said: 
"Ye have robbed me in tithes and offerings." The tithe 
places rich and poor on the same plane; the offering 
above the tithe enables the one of greater means to 
show this true appreciation of his blessing. May it not 
be that God is saying to you today, as He said to one of 
old, "Friend, go up higher." 

ON WHICH STEP ARE YOU STANDING? 
— From a pastoral letter 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 



A NOBLE NAME 

You may not own a lot of wealth 

Like many people that you know; 
You may not have the best of health 

As through the years of life you go; 
You may not always make success, 

Nor every day feel just the same; 
Mistakes sometimes you should confess. 

But you can have a noble name. 

You may not always please some folks. 

Nor have their smiles and fine applause; 
You may go under heavy strokes 

When you stand true to God's great cause 
Sometimes instead of help from men 

You'll have to suffer lots of blame; 
Yes, criticisms from their pen, 

But you can have a noble name. 

You may not have a talent great, 

Nor be a genius in some art; 
You may not with the mighty rate 

By some small wisdom you impart; 
You may not rise as high in life 

As you desire and plan and aim; 
Mistakes with you may seem quite rife. 

But you can have a noble name. 

You may not fill the highest place. 

Nor write the grandest, greatest books; 
You may be slow along life's race 

And have to occupy the nooks; 
No badge of honor you may bear. 

Nor scale the sunny peaks of fame; 
No laurels you may ever wear. 

But you can have a noble name. 

Rev. Walter E. Isenhour, 
Taylorsville, N. C. 




H'ebruary 6, 1965 



Page Three 




the 

editor's 

editorial 



ONE OF THE most important possessions of 
the Brethren Church is the Brethren's Home 
near Flora, Indiana. It is here that some of our 
most faithful Brethren may find refuge during 
their later years. It is here where Christian men 
and women may find fellowship and the comforts 
of home independent of the cares and worries 
that plague us when we grow older. Tender care 
and love are the elements given by those in charge 
to those who have come there to spend the re- 
mainder of their lives — these elements are most 
needed in this stage of life. 

It has been suggested that perhaps the Breth- 
ren's Home is not needed anymore since it is 
seemingly out of reach for so many Brethren. 

The ideal, of course, would be to have such a 
home in every district of the denomination, as 
has been suggested. But this is impossible because 
of the size of our denomination. Even if this was 
done, there would always be those who would use 
the same excuse which they are using now, "it's 
too far from where I've lived all my life." 

And of course we could abandon the now exist- 
ing Brethren's Home leaving nothing for those 
who would be willing to retire there. Why should 
we destroy that which we already have and which 
is serving some of our Brethren ? There are those 
in the home today from other districts of our 
denomination. There are some from Ohio and 
Pennsylvania living there now. In days past there 
were Brethren there from the Central and Mid- 
West Districts who were very happy to live there 
for the remainder of their lives. There will con- 
tinue to be those who will want to live in the Home. 

When we consider such measures as doing away 
with this which we have, we are losing sight of 
that which God has blessed us with. To those of 
you who have never visited the Home, you have 
no idea as to what the advantages ai-e for those 
who live there. 

As stated elsewhere in this magazine, each resi- 
dent has his own private room, with his own fur- 
niture and belongings as he so desires. Besides 



The 

IBvethrens 

Howie 



this, there is a large "sitting room" available to 
the residents at any time where they may read, 
watch television or visit. This is not true with 
nursing homes. The resident is generally in a 
room with another person, and too often there 
are more than two in a room. When a resident has 
visitors, whether in a nursing home or the Breth- 
ren's Home, there are times when he would like 
to talk in the confines of a private room. This is 
one of the big advantages of the Brethren's Home. 
You can always go to your room for private visits. 

One great advantage about the Brethren's Home 
which is not found in private nursing homes, is 
the dining room where all the residents may gath- 
er around the tables for their meals. If you ever 
have the opportunity to visit the Home, be sure 
to let them know in advance so that you may be 
privileged to enjoy a meal with them. This will 
be a joy that you shall never forget ! Christian fel- 
lowship is evident and there is much joy radiated 
from this time of "eating together of the com- 
mon meal." 

There is always the "family altar." Time is al- 
ways taken for devotions each day. Very seldom 
do you find this in private nursing homes. 

Another feature of the home that is appealing 
is the private cottage for couples, or individuals, 
if desired. These cottages are ideal for the couple 
who wishes to take care of themselves as long as 
possible. The cottage contains a living room, a 
bedroom, a bath and kitchenette. What more 
could be provided for the comfort of older couples ? 

Certainly with all of this, it would not be ad- 
visable to do away with something that has taken 
years to build up. Something that is available to 
our Brethren men and women who in later years 
might need such a place to live. Until such a home 
can be provided in every district of our denomina- 
tion, let us support the now existing Brethren's 
Home and give encouragement to the Benevolent 
Board who is doing an excellent job in improving 
and maintaining that which we now have. Sup- 
port the Benevolent Day Offering! S.G. 



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The Brethren Evangelist If' 



SISTERHOOD 



The SMM Mdlbag . . . 



from VINCO (Pa.) Senior 



OUR MEETING for the month of 
November was held at the Fel- 
lowship House. The members of the 
Laymen's Association were present. 

Diane Gillespie gave a welcome 
speech and Lyla Singer led us in a 
few choruses. The Scripture was read 
by Pam Maclcall and Connie Price 
followed in prayer by Sharon Singer 



and Lillian Bates. The Bible Study 
and topic, both taken from The 
Brethren Evangelist, were given by 
Karen Stevens and Donna McDowell, 
respectively. The meeting was then 
turned over to the president, Nancy 
Bates. The secretary and treasurer 
reports were given and approved. 

We decided to go Christmas carol- 
ing on December 21. Everyone was 



to decorate boxes and each girl was 
to bring cookies that were given to 
the people at whose homes we went 
to carol. 

The meeting was closed with the 
SMM benediction. A light Christmas 
lunch was served to the Laymen and 
then all were dismissed. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Donna McDowell, secretary. 



from BETHLEHEM (Va.) Combined 



THE SISTERHOOD of the Beth- 
leliem Brethren Church invited 
the men of the church to their De- 
cember meeting. A spaghetti supper 
was served by the girls to the nine- 
teen guests present. The program in- 
cluded the reading of the Christmas 



story and of the origins of the 
Legends of Christmas. 

This year we have assigned each 
girl one of the national goals. She 
is responsible for seeing that the 
group meets her goal. 

We plan to have our public pro- 
gram in March. We are also plan- 



ning to visit the museum of a famous 

missionary. Miss Catherine Eje. 
We wish all the Sisterhood groups 

a Happy and Prosperous New Year 

with God's Guidance. 

President, Carolyn Cox 
Reporter, Jean Raish 



Memorials 



GAWTHROP. Mr. Carl Gawthrop, 
age 82, passed away on December 
17, 1964, following a lingering ill- 
ness. Funeral services were con- 
ducted in the First Brethren Church 
of Milford, Ind., on December 20, 
with Rev. Wayne Swihart officiating 
with the undersigned assisting. 

Rev. Frank Barker 

WALKER, Merle Walker, a resi- 
dent of the Brethren's Home, passed 
away recently. Services were con- 
ducted by Rev. William Livingston. 
Mrs. Lee Voorliees 

SILVERS. Mrs. Ruth Silvers, 69 
years old and a long time and faith- 
ful member of the Ardmore Breth- 
ren Church, passed away January 8, 
1965, in the home of her brother in 
Sanford, Florida. Funeral services 
were licld in the Ardmore Brethren 
Church, January 12, witli the pas- 
tor, C. William Cole officiating. Burial 



was in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery. 
South Bend. 

Reah Harman 

Corresponding Secretary 

LESLEY. Mrs. Edith Lesley, a 
member of the First Brethren 
Ciiurch, Flora, Ind., passed away re- 
cently. Services were held at the 
church with the Rev. William Living- 
ston in charge. Burial was in the 
Maple Lawn Cemetery. 

Mrs. Lee Voorhees 

LAM. Leon G. Lam, 66, died at his 
home Sunday, January 10, quite sud- 
denly. Brother Lam had long served 
as a trustee of the Mt. Olive Brethren 
Church. He is survived by his widow, 
Mrs. Frances Lam; two sons, Rev. 
Fells Lam, pastor of the Liberty and 
St. Luke Brethren churches, and Hen- 
sel Lam; two daughters, Mrs. Samuel 
Hinkle, Jr., and Mrs. Robert Roadcap 
and eight grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted in 
the church January 13, by Rev. Ralph 



Mills, pastor of Berlin Brethren 
Church and his pastor, the under- 
signed. Interment was made in the 
church cemetery. 

Rev. John F. Locke 

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FITZSIMONS. Memorial services 
were held for Dale E. Fitzsimons, 
member of the U. S. Air Force, who 
died January 4, 1965, at the age 
of 25. Services were conducted by 
the Rev, Charles E. Zunkle of the 
Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, 
and the undersigned at Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church, January 8, 1965. 
Full military rites were held at the 
grave. His brother, W. David Fitz- 
simons, is a member of Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. John F. Locke 



If you want your neighbor to see 
what the Christ-spirit will do for 
him, let him see what it has done 
for you. 

— Henry Ward Beecher. 



s February 6, 1965 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIME" 
Theme for February — "BY GIVING YOUR POSSESSIONS TO HIM" 

Writer for February — Miss Beverly Simuny 
February 14-20 — "Giving Our Talents to God" 



Sunday, February 14, 1965 

Read Scripture: Acts 3:1-11 

"Have you heard?" "Did you see 
him?" "Truly, it was a miracle!" 
Remarks such as these must have 
escaped the lips of those who went 
to the Beautiful G-ate in the ninth 
hour and witnessed the first apos- 
tolic miracle. The man lame from 
birth came begging and went away 
rejoicing; he came crippled and 
went away straight; he came in 
weakness and went away in 
strength. 

Peter and John came to pray at 
the temple and a beggar's usual cry 
for alms captured their attention. 
It seems that Peter is almost apolo- 
getic that he has no money to share 
with the beggar, but he is willing 
to give him what he could — 
strength for weakness! 

There was a time when the 
stormy and petulant Simon would 
have used the strong language of 
a rough seafarer on the beggar, 
perhaps tossed him a coin, and pro- 
ceeded on his way. But Jesus came 
to make of Simon a rock called 
Peter — a fisher of men. Now his 
talents and energies were being 
used for his Lord and his fellow 
men. 

The Day's Thought 

Let me give "such as I have" to 
others! 

Monday, February 15, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 6: 
13-20 

lAll of us have been given talents 
and whether they are few or many, 
they are to toe used. The old ex- 
cuse, "I don't have any talents. 
Mary or Jim have so many, ask 
them," does not stand before God's 
scrutinizing eye. 

All talents are to be used and 
multiplied and whether you have 
one or one hundred, God expects 
you to use them for Him. Remem- 
ber the parable of the talents? The 
( man who had one talent (whether 



it was money, abihty, or what) had 
to account for the reason he hid 
his talent away where it did no 
one any good. 

We have no right to make ex- 
cuses and to hide away our abili- 
ties, for God had bought and paid 
for us with an unbelievable price — 
the blood of His only Son. Our body 
and our spirit belong to God. We 
are temples in which He dwells, or 
He will dwell no more upon the 
earth. 

The Day's Thought 

Turn your talents over to God. 
He will make of them something 
good and worthwhile. 

Tuesday, February 16, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Timothy 4:12-16 

We cannot escape the eyes of the 
world! We have been told time and 
again that God sees all we do, but 
we like to forget that the world 
sees the believer also. Somehow the 
world knows the believer should 
be different, so he is observed 
daily — not just on Sunday. 

Jesus pointed out the truth of 
each believer being continually 
open to scrutiny by the world in His 
Sermon on the Mount. Cities of the 
world — Rome, Denver, and Lima 
— - have been built on hills and 
it would be foolish to try to hide 
these cities. In like manner, we do 
not light a candle and immediately 
stick it under a basket. 

The believer, with his talents and 
abilities, cannot hide from the eyes 
of the world. Like it or not, he is 
an example and must strive to the 
best illustration of Christ that is 
possible. 

The Day's Thought 

Lord, make me humble that my 
hght and example may shine forth 
strong and true. 

Wednesday, February 17, 1965 

Read Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12: 
1-11 



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God's great wisdom made us all 
different! Thank goodness we are 
not all sopranos or preachers or 
writers or artists. But I have known 
people who were always wishing 
they could sing like Beth or preach 
like Peter or write like Lewis or 
paint hke Sallman. Never content! 

God has given each person some 
talents or abilities and no one else 
can perform the same task in quite 
the same way as he can. God needs 
you to carry out your work — not 
to bemoan the lack of some ability 
in your life. 

There is no other work in the 
world in which so many different 
people can be employed in so many 
different ways in so many different 
places. 

Evaluate your life and the abili- 
ties you have. Then ask God to lead 
you into the phase of His kingdom 
where you can be the most effective 
for Him. 

The Day's Thought 

Join the group of people with di- 
versified talents dedicated to God! 

Thursday, February 18, 1965 

Read Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16 

Talents are to be used! And the 
more they are used, the greater 
they become! Just as the barrel of 
meal shall not loaste, neither shall 
the cruse of oil fail for the widow 
when Elijah blessed them, so God 
multiplies talents with their great- 
er usage. 

Material things decrease and are 
soon gone when the demand is 
great, but God has given us those 
things which never decrease. 

A body that lies immobile soon 
becomes weak and useless. It must 
be in motion and functioning to 
remain healthy. This is why mod- 
ern science has invented "round 
beds," whirlpools, and therapy — to 
keep in motion an almost inert 
physical body. 

Abilities must be kept in motion, 
working, and serving, or they die! 
Our talent muscles soon weaken 
without constant nourishment and 
use. 

It is our duty to learn the 
strength of our abilities and then 
put them to work for God. 

The Day's Thought 

We thank Thee, Lord, for giving 
us those things that increase and 
become more valuable each day. 

Friday, February 19, 1965 

Read Scripture: John 3:7-9 



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How's your imagination? Picture 
yourself as a tree for a moment. 
You are standing straight and tall 
and proud among your fellow fruit 
trees. The sun is shining and all 
is right. But suddenly you feel a 
sharp pain and hear a resounding 
thud at the foot of your trunk. 
You look down to see a woodsman 
with a large axe already swinging 
through the air for another chop 
at your trunk. 

"But why?" you ask. 

And then you hear the husband- 
man of the orchard say, Therefore 
every tree which bringeth not forth 
good fruit is hewn doion, and cast 
into the fire. It is not enough to 
be proud and tall — you must be 
fruitful! 

Fiery John the Baptist brought 
this condemnation upon the unbe- 
lieving Jews, but it applies to all 
who do not believe. It is not enough 



to say you are a Christian — you 
must be fruitful! 

All we have came from God and 
should be returned to Him in fruit- 
ful service. He honors each effort 
we make to do His will, and He 
will make the fruit abundant. 

The Day's Thought 

Is the axe already laid at the 
root of your life? 

Saturday, February 20, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 3:1-8 
The Corinthian Church was in 
trouble! Besides other problems, 
their biggest failure was a lack of 
unity. This early church was torn 
asunder by divisions. When Paul 
heard of their strife, he imme- 
diately took pen in hand to counsel 
with them. 

We are reminded by Paul that it 
is neither Apollos nor Paul, but 



God, that gives the increase in anj 
harvest. \ 

Too often we believers forget 
that the Father's will is to be done 
in earth as well as in heaven 
Somehow we seem to say, "Okay 
Father, You take care of heaven— 
I'll take care of earth!" 

Our God-given abilities are be- 
stowed for the express purpose ol 
performing His will here on earth. 
Many of us are "chicken-livered 
issue dodgers," but the fact still 
remains that God has chosen to 
work through man. Man has even 
been equipped with the right kind 
of abilities to perform the Father's 
will in earth. It remains only for 
each of us to accept our responsi- 
bility. 

The Day's Thought 

Help me. Lord, to see clearly what 
I can do to perform the Father's 
will in earth. 




CHrLDREN'S 



DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



Bible Readings from Isaiah 

?,Iemory Scripture for the month — Isaiah 26:4 

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah 
is everlasting strength. 

February 14 - 20 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 26:1-4 
Perfect Peace 

As the family was eating dinner, Gary said, "Steve 
told us at Sunday school he's going to the hospital 
this afternoon." 

"What for?" asked Linda. "Children aren't allowed 
to visit there." 

"I don't mean that," answered Gary. "He's going to 
have an operation tomorrow morning." 

"His mother was telling me about that, too," said 
Mom, "We will want to remember him in our prayers." 

"An operation sounds serious," Linda said. "Is he 
scared?" 

"No," rephed Gary. "He said he knew he had to 
have the operation or soon he would not be able to 
run and play at all. He said he knew God would take 
care of him and help the doctors, too, as they operate." 

"Perfect peace," reminded Dad, "is what God prom- 
ises those who trust Him. Some people would be up- 
set about an operation. Steve isn't because he trusts 
God and has that perfect peace." 



Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the peace that comes into my 
heart when I trust You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 30:15, 18-19 

God Answers 

"Have you heard how Steve is?" asked Gary when 
he and Linda came home from school. 

"Yes," answered Mom. "I talked with his mother a 
few minutes ago. She said the operation was success- 
ful. He should be able to go home Friday." 

"Good," smiled Gary. "I'm glad God answered our 
prayers for Steve with a big 'yes.' " 

"We had a letter this morning which I think would 
interest you children," said Mom. 

"Who from?" wondered Linda. 

"The Rogers," Mom replied. "They wrote to thank 
us for letting them stay here the night of the snow- 
storm." 

"That's another prayer God answered," said Gary. 
"Mr. Rogers said they asked God to help them find 
a place to stay." 

"I'm glad I know God answers our prayers," said 
Linda as she began to set the table. Sometimes we 
have to wait awhile for our answer, but He always 
answers in the best way at the best time." 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, for hearing and answering my 
prayers. Help me to remember that Your answer 
is always best. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 35:3-6 
Strong 

"Stop that!" yelled Gary. He ran quickly and jumped 
in front of two small boys. Two older boys were throw- 
ing snowballs at them. The little fellows were crying. 

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oys. "We don't want to hit you. It's those little cry- 
abies we're aiming at." 

"You'd cry, too," declared Gary, "if two big bullies 
i/ere picking on you. If you want a snowball fight, 
;o find somebody your size." 

"Aw, Gary," replied Joe, "we were just having a little 
un." 

"Some fun!" exclaimed Gary. "Picking on first 
traders. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves." 

Joe and his friend walked away slowly. 

"Oh, Gary," said Linda as she ran up to her brother. 
1 saw and heard all of that. You were really brave 
stand up before those bullies." 

"I didn't even think about being brave," Gary told 
ler. "I knew what they were doing was wrong and 
Jod helped me to be strong." He smiled at the boys. 
'Come on fellows. Linda and I will walk you home." 
?rayer: 

Dear God, help me to stand up for what I know 
s right. Help me to be strong and not afraid. In Jesus' 
lame I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 40:3-8 
The Teaching 

"Do we have to give the puppies away?" asked Linda. 

"Yes," answered Mom. "Five puppies, a mother dog 
md a kitten are too many pets." 

'Who will get them?" wondered Gary. 

'Daddy has balked with some of the men at work," 
replied Mom. "They want puppies for their families, 
rhey will come to choose. You will see who takes the 
puppies. You will see how glad their children are to 
?et a dog of their own." 

'But the puppies need Queenie to take care of them," 
said Linda. 

"Not any more," Mom told her. "Queenie has helped 
them all she can. Now they can take care of them- 
elves. The puppies will always remember the things 
they learned from Queenie." 

"For ever and ever?" asked Gary. 

"Well," laughed Mom, "as long as they live. There 
is a teaching for us, though, that lasts forever. Do 
you know what it is?" 

"God's Word," replied both children. 

"God planned for parents to care for the young 
until they can take care of themselves," said Mom. 

"We know it's time for the puppies to leave," smiled 
Gary, "but it sure would be fun to keep them. All of 
them!" 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for Your Word. Thank You for 
planning the best for me. Help me to look for Your 
way and to follow it. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 40:9-11 

Like A Shepherd 

Linda called the puppies to her as soon as she got 
home from school. Queenie and Mittens came, too. 
She picked up each of the puppies and spoke kindly 
to it. She brushed their fur. She knew that by tonight 
most of them would have a new home. 

When Uncle Jim came in from a walk he said, "You 
remind me of a shepherd, Linda, surrounded by your 
flock." 



"Oh, Uncle Jim," Linda told him, "I love every one 
of these puppies. I'll never forget them. I hope they 
will have good homes." 

"Of course you love them," answered Uncle Jim. 
"A good shepherd loves every one of his sheep. He 
cares for them and finds the things that are best 
for them, just as you are doing for the puppies." 

"I know it will be best for the puppies to have their 
own homes," said Linda. "I'm brushing them so they 
will be shiny and pretty. I want their new families 
to love them from the very first." 

Uncle Jim picked up Blackie. As he stroked the 
puppy's fur he said, "The Bible tells us God is like a 
shepherd. He watches over and cares for each of us. 
He plans only the best for us, just as you are planning 
the best for the puppies. We don't always understand 
His way. The puppies won't understand why they are 
taken away. Soon they will be happy in their new 
homes. We sometimes wonder about the things that 
happen to us. If we look we will find God's way. Then 
we will know it is best." 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, for watching over me like a shep- 
herd. Help me to follow and accept Your way. In 
Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 40:28-31 

Renewed Streng^th 

"Hi, Mom," said Gary as he came in the backdoor. 
"I stopped to see Steve on my way hom? like you said 
I could." 

"How is he?" asked Mom. 

"He has to stay in bed yet, but his leg is healing," 
answered Gary. 

"I'm so glad his operation was successful," added 
Mom. 

"Steve said he will soon be able to run and play 
again," Gary told her. 

"He will have renewed strength, just like the Bible 
promises," said Mom. 

"I don't think I know that verse. What's it about?" 
asked Gary. 

"It's in Isaiah," Mom replied. "They that ivait upon 
the Lord shall renew their strength." 

"Wait on the Lord. Steve did that all right," nodded 
Gary. "His whole family prayed about this operation 
and lots of his friends did, too." 

"God is answering those prayers in the way He 
knows is best," added Mom. "Steve will walk again. 
He will have renewed strength." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the strength You give me, 
not only in times of trouble, but every day. Help me 
to use that strength to choose Your way. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 41:10-13 
Helping 

Mommy was upstairs making the beds and dusting. 
Linda and Gary were helping her. 

Betsy was in her playroom. After a while she called, 
"Betsy helped, too. Come and see." 

Gary went to her room. "Oh, Betsy," he said. "What 
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"Helping. Helping Mommy," said the little girl with 
a big smile. 

"How did the floor get so wet?" asked Linda as she 
came into the room. 

"Betsy washed it," explained the tiny lone. She 
pointed to her sand pail half-filled with water and 
a wet washcloth. 

"Well, you have been trying to help, haven't you?" 
exclaimed Mommy when she saw the playroom floor. 

"Some help!" declared Gary. 

"There's no harm done," said Mommy. "We'll wipe 
up the extra water and the floor will soon dry. When 
we try to help we sometimes make a mess because we 
don't know exactly what is needed. There's One whose 
help is always just right." 

"That's God," said Linda. "And He's always near 
to help us. Come, Betsy, I'll put some dry clothes on 
you." 
Prayer: 

I'm glad, dear God, that You are always near. I 
know You help me every day. May I remember to talk 
with You in prayer about the things that bother me. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 




C. Y. Giimer 



"HOW LONG?" 

"Sometimes He who knoweth best 
In kindness leadeth me in weary ways 
Where heavy shadows be; 

Out of the sunshine warm and soft and bright, 
Out of the sunshine into the darkest night. 
I oft would yield to sorrow and to fright 
Only for this: I know He holds my hand. 
So whether led in green or desert land 
I trust, although I cannot understand." 

With soul sore vexed, David was under chastise- 
ment (Ps. 6:1-3), and longed for relief. In Psalm 
13:1, 2, David was perplexed at God's delay in coming 
to his help. But in the end, David's desire for God 
was abundantly satisfied (v. 6) . In Psalm 35:17, we find 
the cry of one persecuted without cause. But like 
Job, David did not accuse God (Job 1:22). In Psalm 
74:9, the Hebrews know not "how long" their distress 
will last, which is contingent upon their return to 
the Lord. In Psalm 74:10, David is concerned about 
"how long" God will be dishonored by the nations. 
The cause is Israel's unfaithfulness to God (Rom. 2: 
24). The "how long" of Ps. 79:5 has to do with the 
desolation of Palestine. In God's good time. He will 
answer the prayer of Ps. 80:4. The great prayer of 
true Israel is expressed three times: vs. 3, 7, 19. The 
complaint in Ps. 89:46 is that the covenant perpetuat- 
ing the throne of David seems to be null and void 
(vs. 39, 44) , but it will be established in the throne 
of Christ (vs. 35-37) . 



Psalm 90:13 is Moses' prayer for rebellious Israel 
God's wrath upon Israel will cease when they accep^ 
Christ's atonement (Zech. 12:10 — ^13:1) . The complain' 
of Ps. 94:3, 4 is of all the righteous in all ages, anc 
the answer is in Romans 12:19. In Isaiah 6:11, th( 
prophet wanted to know "how long" his preachinj 
would be ineffective (Isa. 6:9-12), and the answei 
is that Israel's blindness will continue "until the full- 
ness of the Gentiles be come in" (Rom. 11:25-27). The 
"how long" of Daniel 8:13, 14 is asked and answerec 
by heavenly beings, who are concerned about the time 
of the end( Acts 1:7). Again in Daniel 12:6, the ange: 
interrogates, '*How long?" The One addressed (Dan 
10:5-9) is the Jehovah- Jesus of Rev. 1:13-17. The 
angels desire to understand prophecies (I Pet. 1:12) 
The key verse here is Daniel 10:14, and the answei 
is Dan. 12:7. In three and one-half years of the greal 
tribulation period, "many shall be purified" (Dan 
12:10), and the desolator be destroyed (Dan. 9:27). 

The "how long" of Habakkuk 1:2 is an exclamation 
concerning the adamant sinful state of the people 
and wide-spread violence (vs. 3, 6). The angel of the 
Lord interrogates again, and God answers in Zech 
1:12, 13. When God answers. He will make Jerusalem 
His dwelling place (Zech. 2:10). The last "how long' 
of the Bible is uttered by the martyred saints in Rev 
6:9, 10. They await the second coming of Christ (vs 
11-17). 

"Oft times the heavy tempests round me blow, 
And o'er my soul the waves and billows go. 
But when the storm beats wildest, and I cry 
Aloud for help, the Master standeth by 
And whispers to my soul: "Lo, it is I." 
Above the tempest wild I hear Him say: 
'Beyond the darkness lies the perfect day; 
In every path of thine I lead the way.' " 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



RICHES NOW; TORMENT THEN 

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in 
thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise 
Lazarus evil things : but noio he is comforted, and thou 
art torme?ited (Luke 16:25). 

THE PITY of the human heart goes out to Lazarus. 
He is introduced to us in the account in Luke; 
poor, weak, hungry (willing to eat crumbs which or- 
dinarily went to the rich man's dogs). The rich man 
did not recognize him — or wouldn't. He certainly must 
have seen the beggar at his gate, here in the world. 
But when the conditions and relations were changed 
in the other world, he knew him. 

Richly dressed and faring sumptuously, the rich man 
felt no anguish or pity for the beggar at his gate. 
Later both men died — as all men do. Both men have 
gone to judgment, but the condition of each man 
has changed at the judgment bar. The rich man 
thirsts — not for the rich wines of his earthly feasts — 



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)ut only for water which he was not mindful that 
jazarus should have as he laid at his, the rich man's 
?ate. 

Sometimes our anguish for needed blessings (and our 

lack of concern for the needs of others) change mean- 

'"' ing. God leaves it come out that way that he may 

I teach us a lesson. That change of attitude can come 

too late, as it did for the rich man. 

We can put off our concern and pity for our less 
fortunate brother in this world. All the imagery of 
this story teaches one tragic truth; something fright- 
ful happens to a man who feels no anguish over hu- 
man suffering. We do not know how much time elapsed 
between the deaths of these two men, but long or 
short the interval, the rich man recognized Lazarus, 
and I know he remembered also his shabby treatment 
of the poor mortal who begged at his door. There might 
have been ample opportunities for the rich man to 
take pity on Lazarus' compatriots during the interval 
of years between their deaths, but the result of the 
attitudes of the two men, sent one to comfort and 
peace and the other to eternal torment. Abraham 
could not change the fate of either, (and it's the same 
today) . 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for February 14, 1965 
TRADITION AND CHRISTIAN DUTY 

Text: Matthew 15:1-20 

nPRADITIONS in society are kept alive by giving 
1 help, meaning and beauty to life. There are oc- 
casions when they can be a hinderance to the prog- 
ress of God's kingdom. The forms of a church wedding 
are somewhat traditional and give beauty to the oc- 
casion. There was a traditional fashion in clothing 
which was intended to give spiritual and moral help 
to the individual and society. A shower for newlyweds 
is a tradition kept alive for the purpose of helping 
them get a start in their own home. Tradition may 
be an evil, as in the case of Jesus and the Scribes 
and Pharisees when the latter used it as a pretence to 
religiosity and avoidance of responsibility. 

The washing of hands as a tradition could have 
had some meaning, but as it was, it was being used 
as a weapon to condemn the disciples of Jesus. It 
took the force of law, not tradition, and was being 
used in religious hypocracy. The gift (15:5) made to 
God in the manner spoken of by Jesus was, by the 
Scribes, to call a thing Corban. A person who did 
not want to help or be responsible for his parents 
could take his money or possessions and declare it 
Corban or dedicated to God. The Scribes taught that 
a gift so dedicated could not thereafter be used by 
parents no matter how great their need. By twisted 
reason, the Scribes declared that the gift need not 



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in reality be given to God only dedicated. The off- 
spring could then use it for himself. 

The Scribes and Pharisees were counting ceremonial 
cleanliness and ceremonial tradition of greater im- 
portance than moral responsibility and purity of the 
soul. To Jesus it wasn't the dirty hands and unholy 
food but the dirty heart that made man unclean to 
God. The condition of the heart determines the na- 
ture of a man's life (James 3:6). 




Dates: Feb. 28- March 28, 1965 
Theme: CHRISTIAN EMPHASIS 

Text: "MERE CHRISTIANITY" 

by C. S. Lewis 

Order from: 

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The pathology flourishing about us today is 
that men can think and talk of nothing else but 
danger, crime, communism; those people have 
properly identified the enemy, but they can't 
see Christ for the crisis. 

David A. Redding in 

THE MIRACLES OF CHRIST 

(Fleming H. Revell Company) 



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B rethren 
Youth 
Crusaders 



LIBERTY, VA.. OFFICERS 

Our new officers for 1964-65 are as follows: 

President — Sliaron Miller 

Vice President — ^Randy Sliaver 

Secretary — ^Linda Silvious 

Treasurer — Hilda Lloyd 

Reporter — Kenny Lloyd 

Assistant Reporter — Ricliard Lloyd 

Sergeant at Arms — ^Steve Miller 

Historian — ^Joyce Marston 

Linda Silvious 
Secretary 



ANSWER TO PICTURE PUZZLER 





REV. JERRY FLORA 

1965 Youth and Vesper Speaker 



CRUSADING INFO! 



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TT'S WINTER ... but that means it's time to think 
of summer. And summer brings the Crusading pro^ 
gram of the Brethren Church. 

If you are interested in serving the church during 
the summer months, this is the program for you! 
Here are the Requirements: 

1. You must be a born-again Christian. 

2. You must have completed your sophomore year 
in high school by the summer of 1965 to be eli- 
gible for the Crusading program. Anyone this age 
or older can apply for a Crusading position. 

Here is What You Receive : 

1. Rich experience worl<ing with people in various 
areas. 

2. Travel expense to and from assignments. 

3. Room and board provided by the host church or 
mission. 

4. $15 per week of Crusading in the form of tuition 
to Ashland College. 

Here are the Types of Crusading Available: 

1. Bible School teachers and assistants, musicians 
and recreation leaders. 

2. Assistant pastors. 

3. Manual labor in certain areas. 
Here is How You Do It: 

1. Send for a Crusading application to: 

National Brethren Youth 
524 College Ave. 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

2. References are checked and a decision is made 
to accept or reject the applicant. 

3. If you are accepted, you are required to attend 
a Training Worksliop in the spring. At that time 
you will receive your assignment/s. 

All Crusading applications must be in the Youth Office 
by: APRIL 1, 1965. Requests for Crusader help must 
also be turned in by: APRIL 1, 1965. 



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IBLE QUIZ HELPS 



Unscramble the following key verses and give their 
references : 

Chapter 15— "Lord even But that shall the believe through 
Christ as we saved grace Jesus be they of we the" — 
Peter's argument for Christian liberty 

Chapter 16 — "saved Christ And Believe thou Lord and 
be house they on the said Jesus thy and shalf— 
the only condition of salvation 

Chapter 17 — "this every God repent times ignorance all 
to winked And men of where commandeth but now 
the at" — from Paul's sermon on Mars Hill 

Chapter 18 — "when Gentiles raiment blasphemed upon 
unto heads I blood And opposed shook own clean 
hence the said themselves I go they and his them 
he your from be Your forth am will and" — Paul 
turns from the Jews to the Gentiles 

Chapter 19 — "grew God of prevailed and mightly So word 
the" — result of Paul's ministry at Ephesus 

Chapter 20 — "Jerusalem there now bound spirit things 
the shall not in I And the unto knowing befall be- 
hold me that go" — Paul feels compelled to go to Je- 
rusalem 

Chapter 21 — "of to answered I name but for Jesus mean 
Paul and break to ready only the mine What to weep 
ye at Lord Then bound for am the die not to also 
Jerusalem heart be" — Paul's faith in the face of any 
danger 

Chapter 22 — "by uncondemned unto him that as Paul 
is to scourge man and a bound with the lawful cen- 
turion you And Roman that a thongs they said it 
for Is stood" — Paul's right as a Roman citizen 

Chapter 23 — "for Jerusalem at the night cheer thou 
testified good by the Lord And hast Rome also Be 
him said as Paul of witness following thou stood in 
me and must so bear of" — the Lord's gi'ace to Paul 

Chapter 24 — "Felix a call for reasoned come way I thee 
when as convenient have righteousness and thy time 
temperance Go will for season And of judgment and 
ti-embled I to answered he this" — Felix almost be- 
lieves 

Chapter 25 — "thing of them if have thez-e For be unto 
me Caesar none to of man I refuse it not offender 
an deliver appeal no worthy or but I committed any 
death may unto me things these whereof accuse 
I be these die" — Paul appeals to Caesar 

Chapter 26 — "persuadest to Paul Agrippa unto Christian 
Almost Then said thou be a me" — Agrippa almost 
believes 

Chapter 27 — "that Wherefore as God told it for I shall 
be cheer sirs it was good of believe even be me" — 
Paul comforts his companions 

Chapter 28 — "came unto house in years all dwelt that 
received two and him in hired whole Paul his own 
And — "how Paul appears at the end of Acts 



Page Eleveii 

S. E. DISTRICT NEWS 

AFTER A BUSY summer, the Southeastern District 
had its regular fall Youth Rally. It was held at 
the Maurertown Brethren Church, Maurertown, Vir- 
ginia, on November 14. Nearly all the churches of 
the district were represented. 

The rally began with the business meeting and 
we had our election of new officers. They are as fol- 
lows: 

President — Fred Finks 
Vice President — ^Suzanne Hall -"-_.. 

Secretary — Donna Fields 
Assistant Secretary — Cathy Logan 
Treasurer — Susan Logan 
Assistant Treasurer— Carolyn Cox 
After the business meeting, each church presented 
a skit which they had prepared. This was followed 
by a meal prepared by the members of the Maurer- 
town Brethren Church. The rally closed with an eve- 
ning service and a film. 

Everyone returned home with a renewed faith in 
Christ after a wonderful day of Christian fellowship. 

Donna Fields 
Secretary 



IDEA 
BOX 




TITHES . . . Offerings . . . give as God has pros- 
pered you! This is a thumbnail sketch of giving 
in the Bible. The Old Testament required a tithe of 
one's possessions, that is, one-tenth. Offerings were 
to be given also. However, in the New Testament, Christ 
has come to fill the law full and the measure of giv- 
ing is not limited to the Old Testament concept. We 
are to give as God has prospered us. Too often, people 
use the tithe as the maximum of giving rather than 
the minimum. 

Tithing is a good start, but we should go further 
according to the New Testament teaching. 

Have you even started tithing the money you earn 
from odd jobs, babysitting or part-time work? Now 
is the time to start this practice of returning to God 
what is His . . . the longer you wait, the harder it 
will become to open the strings on your purse! 

If each Christian teenager and adult would at least 
tithe and give offerings, plus those who would dare 
to give God more, we would see no lack of money for 
the Lord's work. 

We dare you to be a tither! 



Pajre Twelve 



The Brethren Evangelist 



THE BRETHREN'S HOME 




Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns 



AGAIN, at the beginning of this 
new year, in behalf of the 
members of The Brethren's Home, 
we want to thank all the fine peo- 
ple of the Brethren churches who 
have helped in any way to bring 
Christmas joy to The Brethren's 
Home. 

As always, we had a beautifully 
decorated tree in our large living 
room where gifts were put under 
the tree as they came in. On Christ- 
mas Eve a short program was pre- 
sented, and gifts were presented to 
the members, all of whom received 
several nice gifts. We always give 
each one a box to put their gifts 
in. They take them to their rooms 
and open them. On Christmas day 
they enjoyed a turkey dinner and 
all the trimmings. Money for the 
turkey was given by one of our 
churches. All of our members were 
able to come to the tables but three, 
who were bedfast. One man has 



since passed on to his heavenly 
home. David EUer, 91 years old, 
who had been in our home for 18 
years, passed away on December 
28. In the eleven years we have 
served here, we have seen 29 mem- 
bers pass to their eternal home in 
Heaven. 

Hardly a day passes but what 
someone says, "I am so thankful 
I am here in this comfortable 
home." One of the things we have 
tried to do is to make them as hap- 
py as older people can be with all 
their aches and pains and being 
away from their loved ones and 
friends. 

We always have devotions each 
morning after breakfast with each 
one who is able taking part. On 
Sunday morning Rev. Belote pre- 
sents the Sunday school lesson. We 
all receive a great benefit from 
God's Holy Word. 



As we are retiring from The 
Brethren's Home, since our health 
will not permit our staying longer, 
we have been asked to give a 
resume of the work which has been 
done in the past eleven years that 
we have been superintendent and 
matron of The Brethren's Home. 

We took over on March 1, 1954. 
We will try to tell some of the 
main things without going through 
all the records. We made the build- 
ing safe for our older people to 
live in by rewiring the main build- 
ing according to the state Are mar- 
shal code, by fireproofing the ceil- 
ing plaster in the basement, and 
putting in a fire door to the furnace 
room, so that in case of a fire it 
could not spread to other parts 
of the building. 

We redecorated all the rooms and 
since then we have kept them re- 
decorated as needed. We finished 
one of the cottages that had not 



'ebruary 6, 1965 



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)een completed and also enclosed 
he porch on each cottage, in ad- 
lition to putting cement walks to 
ill cottages. New copper water lines 
iO all the cottages have been laid, 
IS the old lines had rusted out. 

We remodeled an old barn, cut 
t down, and put on new plates, 
■afters and roof, using it for a 
log barn. We repainted the main 
)uilding. We also laid a new water 
ine (plastic) to the barn since the 
)ld line had rusted out. We had 
I new six-inch well drilled, and in- 
italled a new submersible pump, 
["hen our furnace went bad last 
vinter and we had to install a new 
)il furnace. In the past two years 
he Home Board put in a new com- 
nercial refrigerator and electric 
■ange, which was a gift of several 
]f our churches. We laid a subfloor 
n the hallways on the second floor, 
ind had them covered with inlaid 
inoleum, which makes it much 
aore sanitary and easier to keep 
lean. 

This fall the drive from the 
lighway was resurfaced, which was 

great improvement to the home. 

We always have our freezers 
illed with beef, pork, chicken and 
egetables from the farm. 

We want to thank the Benevo- 
:nt Board for being so cooperative 

ith us in the work here. 

We have met so many fine people 
lat have come to visit the home 

we will always have the fondest 
lemories of them and our work 
ere at The Brethren's Home. 



7REETINGS - - - 

Y/E HAVE completed a year's 

jVV work here at the home. We 

|ime from North Liberty Brethren 

hurch just a few days before 

jhristmas in 1963. We love the 

ork as it is always a privilege to 

I'rve the Lord. We have grown to 

ve the people here, and hope that 

have done a little to make life 

ore comfortable for them. 

We wish to thank all of you folks 

r the many Christmas cards and 

fts, and for the enjoyable visits 

roughout the past year. 

Hoping to continue in the Lord's 

rvice, we remain yours in Christ. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Glick 

and Family 



Residents of the Brethren's Home 
and Their Birthdays 

Mr. Harold Glick (Assistant) January 1 

Mr. Russell A. Kuns (Superintendent) January 4 

Mrs. Ella Duker February 9 

Mrs. Gladys A. Kuns (Matron) February 13 

Mr. Roy Stonebraker March 3 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley April 6 

Mrs. Laura Keyes April 9 

Miss Emma Berkheiser April 14 

Mrs. Stella Baer May 2 

Mrs. Myrtle Rainey May 23 

Mrs. Goldie Stonebraker August 22 

Mr. Louis Deeter August 13 

Mr. George Crume September 2 

Mrs. Pearl Klise September 12 

Rev. DyoU Belote September 13 

Mrs. Evelyn Glick (Assistant) September 16 

Miss Maude Wingard September 18 

Mrs. Hattie Mann September 19 

Mrs. Addle Humphrey (Cook) October 1 

Mrs. Daisy King October 18 

Mrs. Edith Krof t November 18 

Mrs. Maude Clingenpeel November 25 



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The Brethren Evans-elis 



HAS THE BRETHREN'S HOME OUTLIVED ITS 

ORIGINAL PURPOSE IN LIGHT OF 

PRESENT CONDITIONS? 

by MAX MILLER 



T HAVE BEEN ASKED to submit an article stating 
-*- my views relative to some of the questions raised 
in the Moderator's Address, directed to the Brethren's 
Home and Benevolent Board, concerning the Breth- 
ren's Home. This address has raised some eyebrows, 
and has caused some people to begin to think; this is 
good. However, since we still live in a free society, 
we do have a right to our own opinions. 

"Has the Brethren's Home outlived its original pur- 
pose in light of present conditions?" The issue has 
been raised, and it is an issue. It will have to be re- 
solved for the best of all concerned. 

I am not familiar with the early history of the 
Brethren's Home, except to say that the land was do- 
nated by a member of the Flora church, for a home 
for the aged and orphans. The church saw and rec- 
ognized this need, built the building in 1922 and it 
has been serving this need since that time. The or- 
phanage branch of the original intent was never 
developed. The need simply stated is that we, as a 
church, provide a place where retired ministers, their 
wives, and all elderly brethren who have nowhere 
to live, may go — an auxiliary of the church operated 
by Brethren, in a Brethren atmosphere. Naturally 
homes like this are subsidized by the church and were 
never intended to be proprietary (profit making) . 
Our cliurch has supported the Home very well, and it 
is operating in the black, and has been for several 
years. Many of the older people can remember when 
this was not the case. 

Does the need for this Home still exist? I would 
say more so than ever before. Many of you have al- 
ready read the article on nursing homes by Alfred 
Balk in the September issue of McCall's Magazine, 
and condensed for the January issue of Readers Di- 
gest. If you have not, get it, read it and study it. I feel 
it will help you solve a great many problems which 
you have concerning your responsibility to the aged. 
I am truly grateful that many of the deplorable con- 
ditions which exist are not found in our own Home. 
We would point out, however, that we are not operat- 
ing a nursing home or a convalescent home, but a 
home for the aged. They do have many of the same 
problems and are subject to the same qualifications 
and inspection standards of the State. The Home 
has been inspected periodically by the State Fire 
Marshall and the Public Health Service department 
of the State of Indiana, and has always been found 
in excellent condition. 

Mr. Balk states that in America we have two and 
a half million people 80 years old, or older, and nearly 
fifteen million over 65. Today, according to U. S. Pub- 
lic Health Service, less than half of our 23,000 homes 



offer a desirable type of service, and they can ac 
commodate less than half a million people. The lil 
span has been lengthened considerably due to anti 
biotics and many other medical advances. People wh 
were committed to mental insititutions or count 
farms years ago, are now living in homes for the age( 

Statistics reveal that more than half of all pa 
tients residing in American nursing, convalescent c 
rest homes, are on relief. The government has rec 
ognized this, and has doubled their appropriation t 
give assistance to upgrading the condition of pres 
ent homes, to building new homes, and remodelin 
existing ones. Social Security and insurance program 
have added to the independence of the elderly an 
makes them more available for our home. The govern 
ment is also proposing medical care for the aged. Thi 
will mean another boon for the nursing home an 
the home for the aged. 

Yes, I think the need still exists. We should be prou 
and happy to be able to serve our elderly throug 
our Brethren's Home. Grateful for the labor, sac 
rifice and foresight of those who have gone on befori 
so that we have a Brethren's Home. The estimate 
worth of same is $100,000, and would be impossib] 
to replace for twice that amount of money. 

Assuming that we in the Brethren church are av 
erage Americans, we are going to have our share c 
the aged to care for. The need for good, low-co; 
care is quite evident. I think we can well afford t 
spend $25,000 or $30,000 a year to operate our Homi 
It would cost twice this amount to provide this can 
in the very modest of other homes, and up to thri 
or four times as much in some. I would like to sta' 
that the operating expenses of the Home compa: 
favorably with the other auxiliaries of the church 

In many homes you are put on a waiting list 1| 
get in. So far we have been able to take care of o 
demand. In view of these conditions many religioil 
groups are building new homes and remodeling ei 
isting facilities. Conventional nursing homes are b( 
ing built. 

The Benevolent Board was planning definite in 
provement to our own institution until last year 
Conference. Trust that after proper study and coi 
sideration, and as new requirements present then 
selves, this may be resolved, and that the residen 
of the Home may again assume a sense of securit 

As to the location of our Home, it would be mo 
centrally located in Ohio. However, it is physical 
impossible for one Home to be ideally located to ser 
our denomination. An improvement would be 
each district to have their own Home. However, un 
we are large enough for this or until such a pli 



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February 6, 1965 



Page Fifteen 



jan be implemented, we had better keep what we 
riave and continue to operate it. We do have a place 
where our elderly people can go, and this means a 
jreat deal. When you come to the state in life where 
/ou have no home, and cannot provide for one, and 
S^ou are moving to a new environment, making new 
icquaintances, starting a new way of life, distance 
is not much of a factor. 

The general public is gradually becoming conscious 
Df caring for the aged. Improvements are being made. 
Some communities are sponsoring public housing 
projects; day-care centers; supervised medical teams, 
who operate in private homes, etc. These are all fine 
as far as they go, but would not take the place of the 
Flora Home. 

Dr. Kent, director of U. S. Department of Health, 
Education and Welfare, states in part: "Most Ameri- 
cans are not yet aware of the magnitude of the changes 
which must come about because of the increasing 
lumbers of the aged. Many don't want to be aware, 
rhey would prefer to keep problems out of sight, and 
.spend as little as possible to solve them. But this is 



not the answer. We must face these challenges square- 
ly and do it now. Only in this way will the gift of 
long life mean something, both to us and our parents 
and grandparents, to whom this gift has been given." 

In closing I would hke to extend to Mr, and Mrs. 
Russell Kuns, superintendent and matron of the 
Home, my personal commendation, that of the Board, 
and that of the church at large, for a work unsur- 
passed in loyalty, faithfulness, dedication and ef- 
ficiency. It is among the noblest our church has to 
offer. Truly may they hear the Savior say "Well done, 
thou good and faithful servant." They will be ter- 
minating eleven years of continuous service as of 
February 28. May they experience peace, joy, con- 
tentment and a well-deserved rest in their retire- 
ment. 

We wish also to acknowledge with gratitude the 
fact that Rev. and Mrs. William Livingston, as of 
March 1, will assume the responsibilities of supervision 
at the Home. We are sure they covet and need the 
same prayerful support the Kuns have received these 
past years. 



BE YE THANKFUL 

by ERNEST FAIR 



A S WE BEGIN the New Year we can look back on 
r\ the old one and find many ways in which we 
lave come short of serving our Lord whole-heartedly, 
|)ut we dare not be remorseful about our short com- 
ngs. Let us be like the apostle Paul Forgetting those 
hings which are behind, and reaching forth unto those 
hings which are before, I press toward the mark for 
he prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus 
Philippians 3:13b-14). 

We have much for which to be thankful. In the 
last year at the Brethren's Home we were able to 
lake some needed improvement in the heating system 
y replacing a coal-fired boiler with a new oil heated 
ne; so it will be more comfortable in the Home and 
3ss of a chore for those caring for the Home. I also 
fould like to report that Rev. and Mrs. William Liv- 
igston, who were the pastoral family at the Flora 
hurch, have felt led of the Lord to accept the position 
s superintendent and matron of the Home on about 
larch 1, 1965, filling the vacancy of Brother Russell 
:uns and his wife Gladys who desired to be reheved 
f this duty that they might have a httle more time 
or relaxation. I am sure The Brethren Church and 
le Board are grateful for the many years of conse- 
pted service they have given as superintendent and 
latron. 

Since I have menioned the superintendent and 
latron, I think it well to list the rest of those who 
;rve on The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board. 

President— Dorman E. Ronk, 811 Grant Street, Ash- 
.nd, Ohio, employed at Ashland College. 

Vice President— Russell Rodkey, R. R., Kokomo, In- 
iana, a farmer by occupation. 

Secretary- Ernest Fair, R. R. 1, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 

farmer. 



Treasurer — Kermit Bowser, 246 E. Main Street, New 
Lebanon, Ohio, employed by the tax department of 
Ohio. 

Max Miller, 601 N. Main St., Nappanee, Indiana, 
factory employee of that city. 

Royce Gates, 1263 Nestor Ave., Akron 14, Ohio, em- 
ployed in Akron. 

Rev. W. E. Thomas, R. R, 1, Bunker Hill, Indiana, 
who pastors the Loree Brethren Church. 

Rev. Marlin McCann, 124 Stickler Ave., Waynesboro, 
Pa., pastor of the Wayne Heights Brethren Church. 

These Brethren may be in your local church, yet 
the Lord has led them to be of service to others who 
can no longer care for themselves alone. We have 
been fortunate in the past years to receive bequests 
from the estates of deceased brethren which have 
made it possible for us to maintain the standards 
that have been established in the past years. Any 
Brethren person over sixty years of age and a mem- 
ber of any one of the churches of our denomination 
may make application for entrance into The Breth- 
ren's Home at Flora by contacting the president or 
secretary of The Brethren's Home and Benevolent 
Board. 

I find many of our people are not familiar with the 
work of The Brethren's Home, so we of the board 
would like to express our appreciation to The Breth- 
ren Evangelist for the issue given each year to re- 
mind us of this work. The Church of the Brethren has 
a home for their older people in the area in which 
I live that is constantly being expanded to meet the 
needs, yet the requirement for entrance is much 
greater. We plan to make a study and search for ways 
that we can be of better service to The Brethren. 



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The Brethren Evangelisi 



THE FLORA HOME 

by REV. MARLIN McCANN 



WE BRETHREN are indeed fortunate to have a 
Home for our aged in Flora, Indiana. It is our 
Christian responsibility to provide facilities for those 
who have served so long and so faithfully. Being the 
newest and youngest member on this board, I don't 
know as much about the Home as I would like to 
know. Perhaps many of us are in this situation. We 
only know where it is located (and some don't even 
know this) , but not much else. If we do not take an 
interest in our Home and its occupants, who will? 
The government is the only one left other than pri- 
vate homes, and I'm sure we would not want that to 
be the situation. We, as the church, must provide some 
type of living facilities for these beloved people. Your 
Benevolent Board is in the process of evaluating what 
is best for the people of the Home and for the church 
at large. 

It is with great interest that I read of the retire- 
ment homes and retirement villages that are be- 
ginning to dot our nation, and I am inclined to ask, 
what draws people to these? No doubt cost plays an 
important part. If you were to investigate other homes, 
I am sure that you would find the entrance and 
monthly costs much greater than our Flora Home. In 
our Home, each contract is written in accordance 
with what the person has, and then the cost is set 
accordingly. The church is to take care of the rest 
of the cost if the person has little. If you went to a 
retirement village or a privately owned home, and 
could not afford much — who would pay the extra? 

I don't believe we Brethren realize what a fine home 
we have for the cost of supporting it. 

Facilities play an important part in drawing peo- 
ple. Just what do we have? Our living facilities are 
capable of housing single people as well as married 
couples. More room is needed for future occupants 
and increased medical facilities to take care of those 
Who become bed patients. The cooking and dining 
room facilities are substantial and the meals are ex- 



cellent. The people are able to participate in devo- 
tions and Bible study each day and week, and this ii 
fine. Good Christian fellowship is necessary in ok 
age, too! Perhaps the area of activity and recreatior 
could be expanded. Why should we expect our oldei 
people to sit in their rooms day after day or watct 
TV by the hours? It just might be that more Breth- 
ren people would be attracted to our Home if some o: 
these other activities were expanded — crafts, hobbies 
recreation that older people could participate in. Wha 
we have is good, but our program could be expanded 
We have but one Home, let's make it the best possible 

Location is also important. Some people would pre- 
fer to retire near where they have lived their earliei 
lives and where their families are; to others, it make; 
little difference. We do have a good location to serv( 
the majority of our Brethren people. It has been sug- 
gested that other homes are needed in some of ou: 
other districts. This would be ideal, and may be i 
reality in the future. 

One can receive many impressions of our Home 
but one that stands out the most is that the resi- 
dents are happy there. They know they can complete 
their lives surrounded by other Christians and tha 
they are in the most capable hands as far as thei: 
care is concerned. 

The Benevolent Board knows that there is no oni 
easy solution to the problems involved in supportinj 
a retirement home. Times and methods do change anc 
we must change with them. As with every othe: 
Board, we work with what money the churches send 
and sometimes this is not too great. We are at 
disadvantage since we have no full-time field directo 
to promote the Home at our District Conferences an( 
in our churches, so we have to rely more upon th 
faithfulness and concern of YOU. We have a fin 
Home and should be proud of what it does to pro 
vide for our retired people. 



WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT OUR BRETHREN'S HOME 

by CARL DENUNGER 



HAVING BEEN A MEMBER of the Benevolent 
Board for the past six years, I shall try to give 
a little information concerning the Brethren's Home. 
The Home is located on a good highway about one- 
half mile west of Flora, Indiana, a town of nearly 
two thousand population. The property includes a 
small acreage (about 45 acres) , a good barn, a hog 
pen, a chicken house, a building for storage of im- 
plements, corn, and small grain, the large brick house, 
garage, and three cottages. Each cottage is capable of 
housing two couples and is equipped with cooking 



facilities so that the residents may do their own cook 
ing if they so desire. The main building is capable < 
housing approximately twenty-five people. 

We feel that the Brethren's Home is for Brethre 
people and should be supported by Brethren peopL 
This is the only Home we have, and, certainly, th, 
is the least we can do for our aged. Mrs. Denlinge 
and I had occasion to visit another church home 
few days ago and found their demands for entrant 
far greater than ours. During our discussion ther 
we were advised to maintain at all cost any existin 



February 6, 1965 



Page Seventeen 



home for the aged because of the tremendous need. 
Due to the fact that medical science has increased 
the span of life, and private residences are no longer 
large enough to accommodate the immediate family 
plus aged parents and loved ones, rest homes and 
retirement homes have become a greater necessity. 
Even with constant expansion of facilities such homes 
generally have long waiting lists and gaining entrance 
is quite difficult. 

I feel that I am voicing the opinion of the entire 
Board when I say that we feel it is the duty of all 
Brethren to do all that we can to help care for the 



aged, and especially our aged ministers. These men 
who have rendered faithful service and have, in many 
cases, spent their lives serving small churches at low 
pay surely deserve a home when they are no longer 
able to serve. 

The Brethren's Home is now being managed by Mr. 
and Mrs. Russell Kuns, but after eleven years of 
faithful service, they feel that the work is too much 
for them. May God richly reward them for their past 
service, and may their successors be filled with zeal 
to carry on the work where they left off. 



OUR NEEDS AT THE BRETHREN'S HOME 

by ROYCE GATES 



OUR GREATEST NEED, as I see it, is a real place 
in the hearts of our Brethren people. We must 
have a real deside for sharing and caring for those 
in the Home, helping financially in the cost of the 
Home and doing to prove our love for the Home. 

I visited a home in Lansing, Michigan. This was 
not a church affiliated home, however, and the cost 
for staying in a four-bed room was $10 per day. This 
is much higher than what it costs to stay in our home 
in Flora and no doubt, lower than the cost in many 
others. This shows the real importance of our home 
for our Brethren people, both as families and as in- 
dividuals. 

One great need that I feel is most pressing is a 
new wing on the present building. This would make 
it possible to isolate the sick from the well members 
and give the twenty-four hour care which is so es- 
sential to the needy. This would also keep the over-all 
cost down as specialized care would be given only 



when really needed. 

I feel we have been really blessed of God with won- 
derful Christian Superintendents and Matrons down 
through the years and all of us should pray that this 
will always be so. Good leadership is so indispensable 
for both economic and morale purposes. Spiritual 
leadership is even more indispensable for evangelistic 
purposes. 

Every good Brethren should make a trip to Flora, 
Indiana, and visit our good home and its many mem- 
bers. If we would do this, it would give us a better 
picture of the needs and the possibilities of this work, 
as well as increase our zeal and enthusiasm for its 
continuance. We also need some Brethren to mention 
the Home in their wills — and all the Brethren to con- 
tinually pray for its material and spiritual prosperity. 

May God bless all who are concerned — and may 
God increase their number, is my constant desire and 
prayer. 



The "FUTURE" Brethren's Home 

by REV. ARTHUR H. TINKEL 



HOMES FOR THE AGED and disabled are becom- 
ing more and more a necessity in this day and 
age of our complex American life. After coming into 
more intimate contact with our Home at Flora for 
a few years, while pastoring the Flora Brethren 
Church, I should like to make a few observations at 
the request of a Board member. 

First — Our Brethren's Home has been blessed with 
some good superintendents and matrons. Brother 
Russell Kuns and wife have been no exception, un- 
less, they should be classed at the top. In our ex- 
perience there from 1960 through 1963, we found 
them very efficient, sympathetic and hard working 



servants of the Lord. Even so, no one can always 
please everyone. 

Second — Those who give up their own private homes 
to come to a central "Home" for several years find 
many difficult experiences in adjustment. Because of 
this a staff of workers who are efficient and under- 
standing is required. It is, indeed, no easy undertaking 
to come to live in a "Home," nor is it an easy expe- 
rience to labor in a place like that. Both efficient and 
experienced laborers and nurses are needed. 

Third — It is our firm conviction that our Brethren's 
Home is PAR TOO SMALL to operate at the best ad- 
vantage for all concerned. We need to enlarge suf- 



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flciently to seek to care for at least fifty or seventy- 
five individuals! We have the acreage and location 
needed for a much larger institution. If private "Rest 
Homes" can be built and operated financially and 
successfully, why cannot the Brethren Church do so? 
Cannot we find a way to do this? Twenty people, in 
a measure, require as much as two or three times 
that number. The Brethren's Home costs too much 
per person. 

I am not aware of all the implications, problems, 
and requirements, but I do deeply feel that this sug- 



gestion has some merit. Why can't we accept non- 
Brethren members and seek to have a type of mis- 
sion work as well as the physical? I believe the "day" 
for a home of twenty as operated at Flora is past. 
This is in no way an attempt to criticise past opera- 
tion or personnel, but an attempt to face facts now 
in light of the future. This "future" Brethren's Home 
should be almost, if not completely, able to finance 
itself. With Social Security, Welfare, etc., caring for 
our aged and physically handicapped, this suggestion 
should be more attractive. 



THE BRETHREN'S HOME BUILDING FUND 
(W.M.S. Project) 

by MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 



THE WOMEN OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH have 
always had a definite and warm interest in The 
Benevolent Board of The Brethren Church. In fact 
the S.S.C.E. created and maintained the Superan- 
nuated Ministers' Fund. Then in 1912 this work was 
assumed by the Benevolent Board of the church. From 
that time until 1955, the W.M.S. had two representa- 
tives on The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board. 
The two women who served last in this capacity were 
Mrs. S. M. Whetstone and the late Mrs. U. J. Shively. 
Through the years our interest has remained constant 
and real. At our Public Service Programs an offering 
is taken to divide between The Benevolent Board and 
The Ashland Seminary. For many years the offer- 
ing was asked for the Superannuated Ministers' Fund, 
but I guess "Superannuated" was too big a word and 
we chose instead to use the Benevolent Board. Thus, 
the W.M.S. has been faithful in contributing to the 
budget of The Board each year. In the last ten years 



we have given The Benevolent Board $14,700. 

When we began to hear of the need at The Home 
for better facilities in caring for bed patients, it was 
only natural that this struck home to W.M.S. mem- 
bers. Most women have had experience at some time 
in caring for a bed patient. We know the many extra 
steps such a patient makes. It was only natural that 
the W.M.S. wanted to have a part in making better 
facilities available for our Home. 

At one of our Conference sessions, the W.M.S. dele- 
gates enthusiastically voted to take The Brethren's 
Home Building Fund for our 1963-64 project. At our 
luncheon program this past year we were thrilled to 
see W.M.S. groups present an offering which totaled 
$9,667.28 for this Building Fund. We are continuing 
the project for this our 1964-65 year. This month of 
February when emphasis is on The Benevolent Board, 
would be a good time to put a special offering in your 
project box. 



The 

Procession 

of the 

Royal 

Seed 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

XVI 



""pHE CONSUMMATION of God's plan for the ages 
1 is the central thought in the study of prophecy. 
The Eternal Father has not left without design the 
weal of those whom He created after His own like- 
ness. His great heart became entwined in the for- 
tunes of man before he was brought into being, and 
the holy counsel of the Trinity conceived the formula 
for the ages. 

In the likeness of God, man was endowed with free 
moral agency and entrusted with a nature of re- 
sponsibility. An environment with possibilities was 
provided for him and offering paths of divergent 
choice. God knew that the elements of man's physi- 
cal constitution, the propinquity of his social expe- 
riences, and the evil suggestions of the tempter, the 
arch-enemy of all good, would militate against holi- 
ness in his soul as well as captivity of his body. God 
knew that man would succumb to "the lust of the eye, 
the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life" as is evi- 
denced in His statement to him, "For in the day that 
thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (A.S.V.). 



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From His foreknowledge God saw the fall, beheld 
the death, and planned the resurrection of the new 
man with a new nature. Physical death or dissolution 
is not envisioned here. The death that man would 
die as a penalty for disobedience was a death in sin, 
a spiritual death. It was the death in "trespasses and 
sins" referred to by Paul in Ephesians 2, and set forth 
so clearly in Romans where he said, "And I was alive 
apart from the law once: but when the command- 
ment came, sin revived, and I died; and the command- 
ment, which was unto life this I found to be unto 
death: for sin, finding occasion, through the com- 
mandment beguiled me, and through it slew me" 
OA.S.V.) . 

The commandment of God to the first man was sure. 
In the day that Adam and Eve partook of the for- 
bidden, they died in trespasses and sins. It is true 
that physical death was a result of sin, but not the 
penalty. Although man died in sin the day he dis- 
obeyed, he lived several hundred years physically be- 
fore his body yielded to the ravages of sinful living 
and dissolution began. Man was meant to live for- 
ever physically, for he ate of the tree of life, but his 
access to the fruit was cut off when he sinned, and 
the flaming sword of the cherubim "kept the way 
of the tree of life" until it was delivered to man as 
'the bread of heaven." Jesus said, "For the bread 
of God is that which cometh down out of heaven, and 
giveth life unto the world" (A.S.V.). Then He followed 
with, "I am the bread of life . . .For this is the will 
of my Father, that every one that beholdeth the Son, 
and believeth on him, should have eternal life; and 
I will raise him up at the last day" (A.'S.V.). This is 
the working of God's plan for the ages in vicissitudes 
of the race of men. 

As soon as man had yielded in disobedience and died 
in sin, God pronounced the judgment — the curse on 
Satan and the earth, the sorrow and subordination 
of the woman, the hardship and toil of the man, and 
the physical decay of the race. But coincident with 
the curse, God pronounced the blessing: that out of 
the enmity between Satan and the Seed would come 
the way of victory for man through the work of the 
cross. In this first revelation of God's plan for a 
Redeemer begins the PROCESSION OF THE ROYAL 
SEED. A look throug'h the intervenient years from the 
Prot-evangelium to Bethlehem's manger will reveal 
a select line, a seed in each generation. A study of 
that seed in the prophetic field occupies the Mes- 
sianic entirely. 

The line of the Seed is not difficult to trace. Luke 
gives a condensed list in the third chapter of his 
Gospel. The Antidiluvian list is recorded in the thirty- 
seventh verse. The Postdiluvians to Abraham appear 
in verses thirty-four to thirty-six. The covenant roll 
from Abraham down, is best studied as recorded in 
Matthew 1. The entire line can be gleaned from the 
records of the Old Testament and compared with 
Matthew and Luke, where some seeming discrepancies 
appear— differences which a close scrutiny will ad- 
^just without the loss of truth or continuity. More of 
that in another paper. 

The preflood line of the Seed lived in a corrupt 
and failing civilization from the start. The first son 
of Eve became reprobate in the extreme. No enumera- 
tion of his sins are recorded. The Word simply says 



that "Jehovah had not respect to his offerings." Sin 
couched at the door and he gave all of his desire to 
it. He was an unworthy son of an unworthy mother. 
Do we see here the laws of heredity at work? Is this 
the first strong evidence of the fact that sons carry 
the predominate genes of the mothers? In other words, 
like mother, Uke son. 

This phase of the subject could carry the discussion 
far afield. To say the least, there is more in the study 
of the forbidden fruit and the temptation than meets 
the eye; but the salient fact to be ever kept in view 
is the defection of the mind and heart from the pur- 
poses for which man was created. He was to be the 
creature possessing the image of Deity, yet obediently 
serving, worshipping, loving and walking in fellow- 
ship with God as man. Satan put into the heart of 
Eve the desire to be like God. The Devil did his work 
well, and Eve passed on to her posterity the same 
desire which broke forth at the tower of Babel, and 
often throughout the history of the race 

Abel, the second son, in trying to be true to his 
destiny, and approach God by confessing his sin with 
a bloody sacrifice, angered the earthy Cain and pre- 
cipitated the quarrel that culminated in his death. 
Did the incident frustrate God and defeat His plan? 
Not at all. It but resulted in the complete rejection 
of Cain and his line, and presented the necessity of 
a new start from another son of whom the record 
says, "And Adam . . . begat a son in his own likeness, 
after his image: and called his name Seth" (A.S.V.) . 
Seth was the first in the procession of the royal Seed. 
An ancient manuscript, called The Revelation of 
Moses, asserts that the offspring of Adam and Eve in- 
cluded thirty sons and thirty daughters, sixty chil- 
dren in all. The Bible says, "And the days of Adam 
after he begat Seth were eight hundred years: and 
he begat sons and daughters" (A.S.V.) . Whatever the 
number of sons, it is said only of Seth that "Adam 
begat a son in his own likeness, after his image." 
There must have been a considered reason on the part 
of inspiration. Adam was created in the image and 
likeness of God and it is manifest that the son who 
bore the Seed had transmitted to him the divine 
image. However, it must be noted that the likeness 
passed on to Seth was not directly from God in -Edenic 
purity, but carried the fallen connotation of condem- 
nation. Is this the "Reign of death" of Paul? It was 
the passing on of generic guilt, or inheritance of a 
sinful nature. This discussion will not concern itself 
with the original sin of Augustine, whatever that is. 

The important feature of the procession of persons 
in the line from Seth to Abraham is their being en- 
trusted with the deposit of the continuing Seed. Even 
the two outstanding men of righteousness, Enoch and 
Noah, could not stem the evil propensities of the 
Antidiluvian race, nor did Noah bequeth to his pos- 
terity any signal degree of sterling worth or character. 



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Views 

and 

Comments 



Fioyd S. Benshoff 



UNFINISHED BUSINESS 



THE TIME never comes, nor should it, that 
a local or national church body could say 
that things are up to date. Each new year, as it 
conies up, displays few or many accomplishments 
and a host of knotty problems unsolved. The pres- 
ence of a focal point, such as new year's time, 
seems to emphasize both angles. I'm fully aware 
that if you're reading me you have lived over 
a month in 1965. Speaking of 1964, it wasn't 
exactly a "vintage year" for The Brethren. Our 
worthy statistician's report didn't call for pro- 
longed cheering; yet we are impelled to take the 
optimistic, hopeful view. 

Machinery-wise, we believe our denomination 
is amply organized. In fact, this scribe has 
thought, more than once, that possible over- 
organization and accompanying expenditures of 
precious supporting effort and monies have taken 
our eyes and interest from our main task. But 
it still takes organization and common interest 
effort to maintain and promote the cause of Jesus 
Christ through the Brethren Church. 

Our interest this year of our Lord in February, 
1965, centers around what laymen can do to for- 
ward the church. 

It needs to be pointed out occasionally that 
all men in the church, excepting the clergy, are 
laymen. Membership in the N.L.O. is no require- 
ment for service in The Brethren Church. Lay- 
men have been, are, and wiU continue to be the 
backbone of the church, the success of the W. 
M.S. notwithstanding; (bless them). 

Reference to lack of significant progress was 
made in an above paragraph. I've heard and been 
in company of laymen who seem inclined to saddle 
the pastor with the responsibility for the suc- 
cess or falure of the church program. I DO NOT 



SEE IT THAT WAY. This is not to minimize 
the position of leadership and the importance 
of the role the pastor plays. It is to say that, if 
the men of the church throw the ball to one of 
the clergy and say, "run with it," they should 
be ready and willing to provide some blocking and 
running interference. (My football analogy can 
easily be misunderstood by those not familiar 
with the pigskin game.) Putting it a bit differently, 
we may provide a fine, sturdy plow for a man, but 
unless we provide "the horses," said plow would 
do just as much good sitting in a show window 
down on Main St. as in the middle of a fertile 
field. 

Men, we're responsible. Don't try to shift the 
blame. I'm convinced that, as the Lord looks from 
heaven above. He will not "put the monkey" on 
the pastor's back to the exclusion and vindication 
of us men in the ranks. 

Would that men in The Brethren Church would 
start taking a time-consuming interest in their 
denomination. Some, of course, have done just 
that. By doing so they have been blest and cer- 
tainly have been a blessing. Indeed they, this 
small band of dedicated people, have kept the good 
ship afloat. But their tribe must increase if this 
people known as "The Brethren" ai-e to go be- 
yond the 20,000 mark. 

Could I make a rash statement? Thank you. 
I would venture the assertion that if all the men 
over 21 years of age, in any given congregation in 
The Brethren Church last Sunday morning wor- 
ship service, were grouped and asked the simple 
question, "What is the White Gift Offering of 
our denomination used for?," that we would have 
as high as a 50% failure in answering correctly. 
How many men in our congregation can plainly 
explain the difference between the Thanksgiving 



February 6, 1965 

3ff ering and the Easter offering ? Elementary, you 
say? Indeed; but try it sometime. 

Would an educational program on the local 
.evel be worth-while ? No, unless many individuals 
ivill bestir themselves (mentally) to learn, and 
oe willing to become involved in the greatest busi- 
aess on earth. 

The Brethren Church has, within it, the seeds 
)f greatness. Shame on us that it's still in seed 
-:orm. It's not too early to plan to attend the Dis- 
trict Conference of The Brethren Church in your 
irea. The Pennsylvania meeting is scheduled for 



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July 19-22, at Berlin, Pa. The General Conference 
is to be held at Ashland, Ohio, August 16-22. 
These two annual meetings are veritable store- 
houses of information for the seeking minds of 
sincere Brethren. Now is the time to act so that 
the turn of another year doesn't find us with as 
much or more UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The denominational offering to be lifted in Feb- 
ruary is known as the Benevolent Offering. These 
funds are used to support, to a degree, retired 
ministers, their widows, and the Brethren's Home 
at Flora, Indiana. F.B. 



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Your National President Spealcs ... 

OUR BRETHREN'S HOME 



^RS. RUSSELL RODKEY 



RECENTLY I Visited our BRETHREN'S HOME near 
Flora which is about a fourteen-mile drive from 
rheve we live. As I entered the door my glance was 
rawn to the spacious living room where the residents 
f the Home can at any time gather for fellowship 
r to watch television. As I stood there I could not 
elp remembering a nursing home I had passed on 
ly way to Flora which does not have a living room, 
■he only place to visit with residents there is in their 
Mms and very few have a private room. 

Instead of taking the elevator, I ran up the steps 
nd visited with Mrs. Duker as her room is just at 
le top of the stairs. Then I talked with Mrs. Klise, 
[rs. Beekley and Emma Berkheiser. I want to call 
our attention to the fact that each of these women 
ad a private room. I try to say "hello" to as many 
s possible when I visit the Home. 

I took time to step into the office and talk to the 
uns. As I talked with them this thought came to my 
lind. The Kuns were not at the Home just because 
ley wanted employment. No, they were in charge 
' the Home because they had felt the call to this type 
Christian service. As you visit with them you can 



easily sense their personal interest in each resident. 
This is entirely different from most nursing homes. 

As I left the Home I peeked into the living room and 
there was Rev. Belote watching TV. I walked out to 
one of the cottages to say hello to Mrs. Keys and Mis. 
Baer. The cottages have a bedroom, bath, living room 
and a small kitchenette which is ideal for a couple. 

That evening as Russell listened to the account of 
my visit, he suggested that I read the article in the 
January issue of the Readers Digest concerning nurs- 
ing homes. I did read the article (and I wished that 
you, too, might read it) , then I am sure that j/ou 
would join with me in a greater appreciation of our 
Brethren's Home. I am amazed at the admission cost 
of many church or nonprofit homes. We of the Breth- 
ren Church must be careful that we are not guilty 
in doing to the Home and The Benevolent Board what 
we (the Denomination) did to the Publishing Com- 
pany a few years ago when we wanted them to give 
special rates for printing. Remember — it did not pay. 

Let us be grateful for our BRETHREN'S HOME and 
for the service we can give the aged people of our De- 
nomination. The unfortunate truth is that good homes 
such as OURS are the exception rather than the rule. 



964-65 Theme 



Ephesians 5:15-20 



"FULFILLING THE TIME" 



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It's not like I expected 



FURLOUGH! 




Dear Fellow-Missionary, 
You were asking for 
some impressions of fur- 
lough. Let me say first 
of all that it's not like 
I expected! Before I 
went to the mission field 
I had been well prepared 
by various missionary 
problems classes for the 
"period of adjustment," 
so that even those dif- 
ficult, exciting-boring language study days weren't 
a surprise. But why hadn't I heard a word about the 
problems of adjusting to furlough? 

On the mission field, furlough meant "home," the 
place where I'd lived all my life. Did I tell you that 
three weeks before I left I was so excited that I spent 
one whole night just lying in bed staring through 
the honeycomb pattern of the mosquito net into the 
darkness, imagining what it would be like to be 
"home"? The next day I told myself sternly that 
three weeks was still a long time, and I did manage to 
sleep after that. 

Then came the long journey, and the dazzling bril- 
liance of the modern airport. I remember handing the 
stewardess my boarding pass and settling down into 
the air-conditioned, dimly lit softness of the plane 
and wondering that I had forgotten that such luxury 
existed. (Not that I wasn't used to dim lights on the 
mission fleld, but this was different!) Then came 
the roaring of the engines, and I was on my way 
home. You know the magic of the word. At times I 
was so excited I could scarcely breathe, but then I'd 
assume my most mature, worldly-wise manner, and 
somehow managed to carry on. 

It was amazing, the friendly familiar feeling I had 
toward New York when we landed there, that place 
that had seemed so strange on the way out. At least 
I was back on the North American continent! Then 
in the air again. The moment of meeting one's par- 
ents and family is indescribable, so I'll stop there. But 
I will say that if there is such complete joy in being 
reunited with loved ones after a few years' absence, 
I wonder what it will be like when we meet the Lover 



of our souls, for Whom we have been longing for 
lifetime! 

The first Sunday in my home church I sat and start 
at what seemed to me the most beautiful architectu) 
in the world, with high ceilings and huge beams, ai] 
not a palm pole or lizard in sight. Then there wei 
the people . . . some who put their arms around ir 
and said, "I've been praying for you, my dear," . . 
others who said, "Oh, is it time for you to be bac 
already?" . . . and others who, figuratively at leas 
scratched their heads and said, "Let's see. What aj 
you doing now?" 

Our WMS ladies are of the first variety. Their gift 
their prayers, their interest and their knowledge ( 
the mission fields made me feel that we weren't alor 
out there, that we do have partners at home. 

I was surprised at the growth of the JMS and love 
speaking to their groups and answering such que 
tions as "Is it really hot out there?," "Have you ev( 
been bitten by a snake?," "Is it any easier to witne; 
for the Lord than it is here?" 

The welcome is heart-warming, and the people ai 
wonderful, but after the first excitement wears o 
the adjustment begins. Everyone else has their woi 
and their interest. My work and my interest are bac 
there with you. In a matter of hours I was, physical] 
at least, set down in a complex, competing, moder 
culture, completely opposite to the one I'd been studj 
ing, loving and striving to become a part of, and, i 
they would say out there, my spirit took some tiir 
to catch up. 

The styles I found unbelievable at first, and couldn 
help but smile to myself when I saw the "latest." Bi 
it wasn't very long before I found that I was the on 
who was different, and try as I might, I can't seei 
to make myself over into the latest fashion plate. 

Meeting different people on deputation is enrichini 
People do want to hear about our work, but only : 
seems to an extent. Everyone is so busy that it isn 
very often I feel that anyone has time to pray wit 
me about the latest reports of trials and difficultif 
that you send. There are a few, and what a strengt 
it is to share these burdens with a "prayer partner. 
It's thrilling also when someone I know, or don't knov 
grasps my hand and says, "I'm one of your praye 



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partners. I'm praying for you daily." It's these things 
;hat malce me feel that I can go bacl^, and allow the 
Lord to accomplish His will through me. 
, Furloughs are necessary, and deputation is im- 
portant, even though some of us feel our public speak- 
ing leaves much to be desired. My special promise, "Lo, 
ii[ am with you always," applies even when I am stand- 
.ng in front of the Sunday morning congregation in 
pay home church, I know. But do pray for me dur- 
,ng this year of furlough. 

Pray that I may not allow prayerless busy-ness to 
;reep into my life, but that my reliance on the Lord 
will be complete. Pray that I will not give people the 
wrong impression either of our hardships out there, 
Dr of telling them the things we do rather than what 



the Lord has done. Pray that the fine intelligent young 
people in our churches will be so Christ-filled that 
when He calls them into His service they will hear 
and go. Pray that I might be able to help the peo- 
ple to see the enormity of the thousands in our UMS 
area, our brothers and sisters to whom no one has 
yet gone to tell of Christ's love. Pray that our peo- 
ple might see the primary importance of prayer, above 
all else. 

I do pray daily for you and our beloved people there 
and am waiting for your next letter. 

Love in our Lord, 
Your friend on furlough 
— The Missionary Banner 



MISSIONARY BOARD MEETING 



THE MISSIONARY BOARD of the Brethren Church 
will convene again February 16-18, 1965, at the 
Missionary Board offices at 530 College Avenue, Ash- 
land, Ohio. Pray for the guidance of each board mem- 
ber and the staff that God's will might be done through 
each of them. Pray for travel mercies during this 
hazardous month as they journey to Ashland. 

The Board consists of 15 members elected by Gen- 
eral Conference, each for a term of three years. In 
this group the several districts of the Brethren Church 
are represented. Also, two members from the Woman's 
Missionary Society are nominated by the women of that 
organization each year. These seventeen members con- 
vene at three planned meetings each year with the 
Executive Committee, consisting of the officers, pass- 
ing on matters during the interim between the meet- 
ings of the board. 



The present board members are as follows: 
President — Rev. J. Milton Bowman 
First Vice President — Rev. William H. Anderson 
Second Vice President — ^Everett Miller 
Third Vice President — Rev. Donald Rowser 
Treasurer — Mrs. Joan Ronk 
Rev. Alvin Grumbling, Manteca, Calif. 
John Golby, Johnstown, Penna. 
Earl Clyburn, Fort Scott, Kans. 
Dennis Randall, Ludlow Falls, Ohio 
Rev. George W. Solomon, Louisville, Ohio 
Rev. C. A. Stewart, Nappanee, Ind. 
Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, Lanark, 111. 
Ronald Conaway, Washington, D. C. 
Harlan Hollewell, Milledgeville, 111. 
Mrs. Dwight Miller, Smithville, Ohio 
George Leidy, Conemaugh, Penna. 
Rev. W. S. Benshoff, Hagerstown, Md. 




ITEMS FOR 



Prayer and Praise 




Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of our new missionaries in Nigeria and 
Argentina. 

Pray that the Bowers and Curtis families might readily adjust . . . that 
Curtises might easily hear the language. 

Praise the Lord for the nationals in both mission areas assuming leader- 
ship in the church. 

Pray for the Home Mission churches involved in building programs. 

Continue to pray for adequate housing arrangements for Solomons and 
Aspinalls. 



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We suggest you make your will NOW, and name 

THE BRETHREN'S HOME 

Flora, Indiana 

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EDITORIAL, STAFF 

Editor of Publications Rev. Spencer Gentle 

Board of Editorial Consultants 

Woman's Missionary Society Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization Floyd S. BenshofF 

National Brethren Youthi Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Marion M. Mellinger 

Sisterhood DeAnn Benshoff 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board ..Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Published weekly, except the fourth week in 
July and the last week in December by: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

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Phone: 3-7271 

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Payable in Advance. 

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Prudential Committee: 

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Vice President; Richard Poorbaugh. 



In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Religious Christmas Stamps" .... 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Weddings 4 

Daily Devotions — February 21-27 5 

Children's Devotions — February 21-27 6 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 8 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 9 

Sunday School Suggestions 9 

The Brethren Youth 10 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(Program Materials for March) 12 

"The Procession of the Royal Seed" (continued) 

by Rev. Albert T. Ronk 15 

Spiritual Meditations 16 

World Religious News in Review 17 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

YOUR HANDWRITING 

(adapted from The United Brethren) 

DID YOU KNOW that if you prepared a will ir 
your own handwriting, the law may not ac 
capt the directions given therein without furthei 
proof that they are really yours? 

The law assumes that you may be forced hi 
someone to do this without realizing what you ar< 
doing. 

That is just one reason that you should see youi 
attorney and prepare a legal will fulfilling you: 
exact wishes. 

Among your wishes we hope you will remembei 
the following organizations of the Brethren Church 
Ashland College 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
Benevolent Board 
Brethren Publishing Company 
The Laymen's Organization 
iVIissionary Board of the Brethren Church 
National Brethren Youth Board 
National Sunday School Board 
Woman's Missionary Society 



THE BRETHREN SEAL 



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•"pHE BRETHREN SEAL is the official seal o 
1 The Brethren Church and may be used b; 
every Brethren congregation, board or auxiliary o 
the church. However, there are certain regulation; 
connected with the use of the seal. These regula 
tions must be adhered to by those wishing to usi 
the seal on bulletins, programs, newsletters, etc 

The Brethren Seal is the property of The Breth 
ren Church who has given the Brethren Publish 
ing Company the right to use it and to regulate it; 
use. No gi-oup is allowed to use it without per 
mission from the Brethren Publishing Company 

If you need a cut for printing purposes, th( 
Brethren Publishing Company has these cuts foi 
your use, all you have to do is request one. Yoi 
are not allowed to have a cut made for your ovvt 
use! 

Our office has had several copies of the varioui 
sizes of the seal made for you in the preparation; 
of electronic stencils. These are available upoi 
request from you. 

Please keep in mind that this seal is copyrighted 
and can be used only by Brethren people for use 
in our denomination. 

We urge you to respect these regulations. 



The Missionary Board 1{ 

The Brethren Layman 2( 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . . 21 



ebruary 13, 1965 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



18.eligious 

Ghristmas 

Stamps 



^HE FOLLOWING news item from the Evan- 
gelical Press News Service found its way to 
y desk which gave me much food for thought. 
Cleveland (EP) — "A Cleveland minister has 
■ged the Post Office Department to issue a 1965 
iristmas stamp of religious design, in keeping 
ith the religious nature of the feast and holiday. 
The Rev. Ralph E. Dessem, pastor of North 
ayalton Methodist Church, wrote to Postmaster 
3neral John R. Gronouski to charge that this 
!ar's special stamp 'failed to portray the true 
^nificance of Christmas.' 

"A stamp collector for many years, Mr. Dessem 
•inted to religious stamps issued by other coun- 
ies at Christmas time and said that the United 
;ates should do the same. He admitted that be- 
use of the always-present church-state contro- 
irsy it might take some effort to come up with a 
isign suitable to all religions, but that he was 
ii'e it could be done. 

"Christmas, he pointed out, is celebrated to 
)nor the birthday of Jesus Christ. This year's 
amps — separate drawings of a sprig of holly, 
istletoe, pine cones and poinsettia — fail to indi- 
te the nature of the feast, he said. 
"Many of the stamps go on letters to friends 
Americans overseas, he said, and the absence 
a truly Christmas motif on the United States 
iristmas stamp could give those in other nations 
e erroneous impression that Christmas in the 
nited States is only 'a great secular celebra- 
3n.' " 

Many of us, I'm sure, are getting tired of always 
iing on the defensive relative to our beliefs in 
3d for fear that the minority might be offended. 
. the past we have been very careful not to "say 
much" on controversial issues for fear we 
ight hurt the cause in which we believe. At least 
e tell ourselves this is the reason. But we must 
leak out for that in which we believe! 
On another page of this magazine you will read 
here a Circuit Court judge dismissed a suit by 
rs. Madalyn E. Murray to end real estate tax 



exemption for churches and synagogues. Earlier, 
her suit to do away with the words "under God" 
in our pledge of allegiance was also dismissed. 
Mrs. Murray is the atheist who launched the Mary- 
land case which resulted in the 1963 Supreme 
Court decision against prayer and Bible reading 
in public schools. It is my feeling that these last 
two suits were dismissed because many, many 
Christians throughout our land protested by let- 
ter, wire, voice and other means to the decision 
which the Supreme Court made in 1963. 

Therefore, it is time for us Christians to write 
to the Postmaster General encouraging him to 
issue a 1965 Christmas stamp of a religious na- 
ture. Stamps are issued commemorating the birth- 
days of great men without fear of offending cer- 
tain groups. Certainly such a stamp could be is- 
sued to commemorate the birth of the greatest 
Man ever born without offense to any person or 
group of persons. Those who do not believe in 
Him as the Son of God have to admit that He 
was a great Man and would not object to a stamp 
in His honor. 

All of us readily admit that the Christmas sea- 
son has become too much of a commercial holiday 
and we are forgetting the real significance of it. 
The Christmas tree, the holly, the mistletoe, the 
pine cones, the poinsettia, and the other "symbols" 
have come to take the place of the manger, the 
angels, the Virgin Mary, the shepherds and events 
which surround this holy event. 

Here is something that we can do. Each of us 
can send a letter to the Postmaster General en- 
couraging him to issue a stamp this coming 
Christmas which will bear a religious design. If 
enough Christians will make known their feelings 
on this issue, something can be done. 

Just send a short letter to Postmaster General 
John R. Gronouski, Post Office Department, 
Washington 25, D. C, voicing your desire for the 
coming Christmas season. It will only take a few 
moments to do this and you will be doing much 
in "keeping Christ in Christmas." S. G. 



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Hagerstown, Md. Rev. W. St. Clair 
Benshoff was the radio speaker for 
"Daily Devotions" over station 
WJEJ during the week of February 
1-5. 

Washington, D. C. Rev. Jerry Flora 
reports through the church bulletin 
that a building committee has been 
appointed for the purpose of build- 
ing expansion. 

Dayton, Ohio. Seventeen persons from 
the Hillcrest Brethren Church at- 
tended the special Bible lecture at 
the Wright-Patterson Air Force 
Base chapel recently according to 
Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire, pastor. 

North Georgetown, Ohio. The church 
bulletin noted that five persons 



were recently received into the 
church. Rev. George Solomon, 
District Evangelist, conducted the 
service of Laying on of Hands. 

Burlington, Ind. A building commit- 
tee has been appointed for the pur- 
pose of making plans for an edu- 
cational building to be erected, ac- 
cording to Rev. Gene Hollinger, 
pastor. 

Mulvane, Kans. Rev. Carl Barber 
reports that Rev. Virgil Ingra- 
ham, General Secretary, Missionary 
Board; Mr. John Porte, Field Sec- 
retary; and Miss Beverly Summy, 
Acting Youth Director, were recent 
guest speakers at special services 
at the church. 



Memorials 

WAMPLER. Mrs. Clara Rodgers 
Wampler, wife of Marvin S. Wamp- 
ler, born April 18, 1889, died De- 
cember 26, 1964, in Flint, Michigan. 
Mrs. Wamplor had been a lifelong 
member of the Mt. Olive Brethren 
Church where the memorial services 
were held, December 30, 1964, by the 
Rev. Huron G. Collins of the Port 
Republic M. E. church and her pastor, 
the undersigned. Interment was in 
the Mt. Olive cemetery. 

Rev. John F. Locke 

* * =:: 

HUGHES. Mrs. Ehzabeth Kern 
Hughes, 68, passed away at Ball Hos- 
pital, Muncie, Indiana, December 29, 
1964, after several months of illness. 
She was a faithful member of the 
Oakville church. Her funeral was held 
at the Meek's Mortuary, Muncie, Jan- 
uary 1, 1965, by Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel 
of Millcdgeville, Illinois. She was bur- 
ied in the Springport cemetery. 
Mrs. Oris Collins 
Assistant Secretary 

* ::■■ * 

BALL. Richard Ball, 46, died at 
Ball Hospital, Muncie, Indiana, after 
a brief illness. He resided in Oakville 



for a number of years and was a 
member of the Oakville church. Ser- 
vices were at Parson's Mortuary at 
Muncie with Rev. Joseph E. Holstein 
officiating. He was buried in the 
Garden of Memory cemetery. 

Mrs. Oris Collins 
Assistant Secretary 



The Scriptures teach us the best 
way of living, the noblest way of 
suffering, and the most comfortable 
way of dying. 

— John Flavel 



Weddings 

FELLS - WINTER. Miss Sharon 
Ruth Fells and Mr. William Paul 
Winter, Jr., were united in marriage 
by the bride's father in a candlelight 
ceremony at 7:30 p. m., December 
26, 1964, in the Stockton Brethren 
Church, Stockton, California. 

The bride is the daughter of Rev. 
and Mrs. H. William Fells of Stock- 
ton, and is a member of the Stockton 
Brethren Church. The groom is the 



son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Winter of 
Udall, Kansas, and is a member of the 
Derby Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Winter is beginning her jun- 
ior year at Ashland College, prepar- 
ing for a teacher's credential in ele- 
mentary education. Mr. Winter is a 
senior at Ashland Colege, and will 
continue his studies at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. He is also a part- 
time electronics technician on the 
Ashland College Staff. 

Mr. and Mrs. Winter are preparing 
for service on the Argentine mis- 
sion field, and are residing at 626 
West Walnut Street, Ashland, Ohio, 
while completing their college and 
seminai'y training. They would ap- 
preciate your prayers on their behalf. 



COMING EVENTS 

Winding Waters 
Elkhart, Indiana — 

Bible Conference on the Book of 

Hebrews 
April 2-4 
Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Guest 

Speaker 
Rev. John Brownsberger, Pastor 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois — 

Spring Revival Services 
March 29-April 9 
Rev. W. E. Thomas, Evangelist 
Rev. Elmer M. Keck, Pastor 

Mulvane, Kansas — 

Spring Revival 

March 1-14 

Rev. Buck Garrett, Evangelist 

Rev. Cai'l Barber, Pastor 



Pastor Needed 

The First Brethren Church of Ser- 
geantsville. New Jersey, is in need 
of a full-time pastor after March 1, 
1965. Anyone interested please con- 
tact: 

Mrs. Lawrence H. Enunons 
Sergeantsville, New Jersey 



Youth Director Wanted 

The First Brethren Church, South 
Bend, Indiana, is seeking a Youth 
Director. Preferably a married man; 
salary open — includes car allowance, 
housing, utilities, social security. For 
information, write: 

The First Brethren Church 
1214 South Michigan Street 
South Bend, Indiana 46618 



February 13, 1965 



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Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TUIE" 
Theme for February — "BY GIVING YOUR POSSESSIONS TO HIM" 



Writer for February — Miss Beverly Suramy 
February 21 - 27 — "Bringing Our Children to God" 



And when ye find Him in the mid- 
night wild, 

Even in the lilceness of an outcast 
child, 
O wise men, own your King! 

Before His cradle bring 
Your gold to raise and bless, 

Your myrrh of tenderness, 
For, As ye do it unto these, said He, 

Ye do it unto me. 

The Day's Thought 

Lord, forbid that I should offend 
one of your little ones in the faith! 



Sunday, February 21, 1965 

Read Scripture: IVIark 10:13-16 

"The Master is tired. Please take 
your children and leave!" No doubt, 
the Disciples were tired after teach- 
ing and healing and preaching, and 
Jthey did not welcome the sight of 
jwiggly, noisy children to disturb a 
jlittle time for rest. But Jesus rep- 
rimanded the Disciples and made 
of the children an example to all 
adults. He cared for the little ones 
and drew them to himself. 

Grod wants the boys, the merry, 

merry boys, 
The noisy boys, the funny boys. 
The thoughtless boys; 
Grod wants the boys with all their 

joys 
That He as gold may make them 

pure, 
Ajid teach them trials to endure, 
Elis heroes brave 
He'd have them be. 
Fighting for truth 
And purity, 
GOD WANTS THE BOYS! 

aod wants the happy-hearted girls. 
The loving girls, the best of girls. 
The worst of girls; 
God wants to make the girls His 

pearls,- 
And bring to mind His wondrous 

grace, 
That beautiful 
The world may be, 
And filled with love 
And purity. 

GOD WANTS THE GIRLS! 
The Day's Thought 

O, Lord, let me never be too tired 
to care for Thy little ones! 

Monday, February 22, 1965 

Read Scripture: John 3:1-5 

You must be twice-born to be 
a. Christian! Jesus told the ques- 
tioning Nicodemus that all must be 
Dorn again — not in like manner as 
16 came from his mother's womb, 



but nevertheless in a similar like- 
ness to physical birth. 

Each child has a mother and 
father and his young life is lived 
in faith — faith in those who care 
for him. Jesus did not mean we had 
to start our physical life all over 
again, but He did say we had to be 
born of "spiritual parents" — ^the 
water and the Spirit. 

The one who seeks Christ must 
have a trusting, all-believing faith 
that will allow him to accept this 
new Father-child relationship. 

Jesus took a "touchy" situation — 
the Disciples and the little children 
and made of it something worth- 
while. He pointed out that a child 
is the best example of how a be- 
liever must come to Him. 

You can enter the kingdom if you 

are rich, poor, large, or small, but 

unless you come as a child, you can 

never enter the kingdom of God. 

The Day's Thought 

Can you see in children one of 
Christ's greatest examples? 

Tuesday, February 23, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 17:1-6 

Better to be drowned at sea? Yes, 
Jesus said it would be better for 
that one who offends any of His 
little ones to be drowned than to 
suffer the consequences of his ac- 
tions. 

To the human mind some of Je- 
sus' words still are strange and hard 
to comprehend. Some of the small- 
est actions seem to be just the 
things He counts on us to do — 
they seem to have a very important 
place in our entering the kingdom. 

In little faces pinched with cold 
and hunger 
Look, lest ye miss Him! In the 
wistful eyes. 
And on the mouths unfed by moth- 
er kisses. 
Marred, bruised, and stained His 
precious image lies! 



Wednesday, February 24, 1965 

Read Scripture: Matthew 7:13-20 

The fruits of each person are ob- 
served by the Father — even the 
fruits of children! Parents have 
been given the task of serving in 
a manner similar to an husband- 
man — cultivating, pruning, and 
nourishing. As a husbandman must 
care for his trees and vines, see- 
ing that they are kept in such a 
way as to produce an abundant 
harvest, so the parent must care 
for his children. For the Owner 
of the field will return one day and 
seek an accounting of His land 
and stewards. 

We often forget that a child can 
reveal his nature by the fruits or 
works he manifests. 

The most fruitful area for wit- 
nessing, but unfortunately often the 
most neglected area, is that of un- 
churched parents. Even the un- 
churched usually care for- their 
children and seek to give them the 
best. Many state that they have 
come to church because of their 
children. 

The Day's Thought 

We dare not overlook the impor- 
tance of fruit in the lives of our 
children! 

Thursday, February 25, 1965 

Read Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 
Mezuzehs, phylacteries, cate- 
chisms — strange words to Brethren? 
To Jews, the mezuzehs and phylac- 
teries were paramount in keeping 
the Lord and His words continually 
before their children. Catechisms 
are used by Catholics and others to 
train their children in the tenets 
of their faith. "Give us a child un- 
til he is seven, and he will always 
be a Catholic," is a motto that puts 
many other Christians to shame. 
We say our "amens" at the table 
and recite a bedtime prayer and 
leave the rest of our children's 



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training to the pastor, Sunday 
school teacher, or youth leader. 

Grod never intended that train- 
ing of children should be removed 
from the home. Parents are to be 
concerned and involved with the 
training of their children. There 
is nothing wrong with outside 
training, but home teaching is even 
better. 

Tlie Day's Thought 

Do you have a plan of home 
training for your children in the 
ways of the Lord? 

Friday, February 26, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Timothy 3:1-7 

"He's a PK (preacher's kid) . 
That's why he acts like that!" We 
often hear such statements, but the 
application is much wider: "It hap- 
pens in the best of families." 

Often adults — parents — become 
so wrapped up in themselves, their 
jobs, their homes, their possessions, 
their hobbies that they try to duck 
the responsibility of caring for their 
children. Some try to excuse them- 
selves by saying they are "doing for 



others;" but like the proverbial 
plumber, his plumbing is the worst 
in town. 

We dare not neglect bringing our 
own children to God while we are 
bringing others to Him. Paul tells 
us that one way to see if a man is 
worthy to run the church is to look 
at the man's family — can he man- 
his own household? 

I have heard people say, "The 
deacon's kids are in trouble again 
. . . the deacon's kids had to get 
married." Why should this be? Is 
it that in the rush of serving others, 
we have forgotten to bring our own 
children to God? 

The Day's Thought 

Challenge us. Lord, to train our 
children in the home with fortitude 
and wisdom. 

Saturday, February 27, 1965 

Read Scripture: Psalm 128 

Psalm 128 is a psalm of degrees 
or "ascents." When the people of 
Israel went to Jerusalem to the 
feasts, they may have used this 
song as they journeyed to the Holy 



City. We might call it "the father's 
psalm." 

What more could a father want 
than that which is revealed in this 
song of the Israelites? Happiness 
is in labor, a good wife, strong 
children, and blessing from the 
Lord. God has promised blessing to 
those who bring their children to 
Him and train them in the ways of 
the Lord. These precious little ones 
have been given to fulfill life and 
to carry forth God's work and pur- 
pose in the earth. 

Yes, children bring problems and 
teenagers bring gray hairs, but if 
we are faithful unto the end, our 
reward is great. As our children 
grow, we must grow with them to 
meet their increased and varied 
needs. 

Man is not an animal. He is not 

to wantonly bring forth offspring. 

He must be responsible for those 

children he brings into the world. 

The Day's Thought 

We thank Thee for the blessing 
bestowed upon us through our chil- 
dren. 




^RilLDREN" 
_DAILY DEVOTIONS 

^Mrs. Robert G. Hoisinger 



Memory Scripture for the month — Isaiali 36:4: 

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah 
is everlasting strength. 

February 21 - 27 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 42:6-10 
To Serve God 

Gary and Linda were excited. Today was a special 
day at church. Aunt Doris and Uncle Jim would be 
consecrated as missionaries. 

The children were ready early and helped Mom with 
Betsy and the breakfast dishes. 

Uncle Jim and Aunt Doris sat on the front pew at 
church. Uncle Ted sat with the rest of the family 
in the seat in back of them. 

Gary and Linda listened carefully to everything the 
minister said. As he read Isaiah 42:6-10 they knew 
that God had called Aunt Doris and Uncle Jim to 
serve Him in Nigeria to tell those people of Jesus. 

Even Betsy seemed to know this was a special oc- 
casion. She sat quietly on Mommy's lap, holding her 



teddy bear and watching everything with her big 
brown eyes. 

At the close of the service Aunt Doris and Uncle 
Jim knelt. The ministers put their hands on their 
heads. They prayed that God would use these new 
missionaries to serve Him and asked Him to bless 
them. 

Linda thought, "I want to serve God better every- 
day, too." 

"Maybe God will want me to be a missionary for 
Him," thought Gary. "If He does, I will go as gladly 
as Aunt Doris and Uncle Jim." 

Are you trying to serve God better everyday? If 
He calls you to be a missionary, will you go gladly? 

Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the many ways I can serve 
You while I am young. Help me to always listen for 
Your call and to do what You want me to do. In Je- 
sus' name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 43:9-11 

A Good Witness -| 

The telephone rang. Mom answered it. "It's for you, 
Gary," she called. 

"Hello," said Gary into the telephone. 

"Hi, Gary," said John Myers. "I'm going away to- 
night. I won't have time to write my English story 
for tomorrow. I'll give you fifty cents if you'll write 
one for me." 

"I can't do that," exclaimed Gary. "It would be 
cheating. You are supposed to write the story. It 
wouldn't be fair for me to do it." 



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The Bible tells us we are God's witnesses. That 
means we are to show others we love and follow Him. 

Everyday we have decisions to make that will please 
or displease God. Gary is a good witness. Are you? 
Prayer: 

Help me today to show others I love You, dear God. 
Help me to be a good witness for You in all I do and 
say. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 50:7-10 
Always Near 

Betsy was cross and fussy all day. She had a cold. 
Mommy spent most of the day rocking the little girl 
and trying to make her comfortable. When she fell 
asleep Mommy lifted her carefully into her crib. 

When she awakened Betsy called, "Mommy! Mom- 
my, stay here!" 

"I'm here," answered Mommy coming into the room. 
She brought Betsy a drink of juice and told her a story. 

Mommy stayed with her until Betsy went to sleep 
again. Then Mommy went into her own room to rest. 
Whenever Betsy called, Mommy answered and went 
to her. 

Our parents try to be near when we need them most. 
They want to help us whenever they can. 

There are times when they can't be with us, but 
there is One who is! God is always near and will al- 
ways help us. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for my parents. Thank You for 
the loving care they give me. Thank You that You are 
always near to help me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 53:6-9 
Want To! 

"How's Betsy?" asked Gary when he came down- 
stairs for breakfast. 

"She's feehng better," answered Mom. "She's play- 
ing with Mittens in the living room." 

Gary looked in the living room. "No, she isn't," he 
said. Just then he noticed the outside door was open. 
"She's outside." 

"Oh, no," exclaimed Mom as she hurried to the door. 

On the lowest limb of the pine tree in the front yard 
sat Mittens. The little girl in her pink pajamas stood 
at the foot of the tree. 

"Mittens climb tree. Betsy want to climb tree," she 
declared. 

Gary took her by the hand and led her back into 
the house. "Betsy can't always do what she wants to 
do. Neither can Gary or anyone else." 

"No," agreed Mom. "What we want to do is not 
always good for us." 

God knew we needed someone to help us to choose 
the right. He sent Jesus to be our Savior. Do you fol- 
low Him and ask Him to help you? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, for showing me the right way 
to go. Help me to always follow You. Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 55:6-11 
An Invitation 
"Who are you writing to?" asked Linda. 



"To our friends," answered Mom. "I'm inviting them 
to a farewell party next Tuesday for Aunt Doris and 
Uncle Jim." 

"It's almost time for them to leave," sighed Linda. 

Mom nodded. "It's been fun having them here. 
Now it's time for them to do the work God has for 
them to do." 

"I hope all our friends come," said Linda. "We want 
to have a good party for Aunt Doris and Uncle Jim." 

"These letters will tell our friends about the party," 
Mom answered. "They will read the letters and they 
will come." 

God has sent us a "letter" to invite us to His beauti- 
ful home in heaven. The letter, of course, is the Bible. 
Do you read it? Have you accepted God's invitation? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the Bible. Help me to under- 
stand it better each time I read it. In Jesus' name I 
pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY, 26, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 56:6-8 

For All People 

It was Sisterhood night. The girls were giving a 
program for their families. 

Linda dressed like a Nigerian girl. 

"Why are you wearing that?" asked Gary. 

"You will see," smiled Linda. 

When they got to the church, Gary saw all the girls 
were dressed up. Some were girls from other lands. 
There were Indians, Eskimos, Arabs and many others. 
Some were dressed like poor girls and others like rich 
girls. There were sick girls and healthy girls. Gary 
listened and watched carefully. 

After the program he said, "Now I know why you 
girls dressed up tonight! You wanted to tell us God's 
House is for everyone!" 

"Right!" laughed Linda. "It's not just for us and 
our friends, but all people. We should be inviting others 
to come with us." 

By the way, have you invited anyone to go to church 
with you Sunday? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for my church. Help me to re- 
member it is for all people. Help me to invite others 
to go with me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 37, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 57:15; 54:17 

Watching and Protecting 

Queenie barked loudly. Gary and Linda ran to the 
window. Mittens was high up in a tree. A strange dog 
was standing at the foot of the tree. 

"That dog chased Mittens," said Linda. 

"But look at Queenie!" laughed Gary. 

Although she was much smaller, she barked and 
growled so fiercely that the strange dog turned and 
walked away. 

Then Queenie looked up at Mittens. She whined as 
though telhng the kitten it was safe to come down 
now. Slowly Mittens made her way down the tree. Then 
the two pets came to the door to ask to be let in. 

Gary opened the door. "You're c. good dog, Queenie," 
he praised. "You watch Mittens. You won't let any 
harm come to her." 



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God is always watching over us. He has promised 
to help us and to protect us if we will follow Him. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for watching over me. I will never 
be afraid for You are near. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



"LIKE A TREE" 

"He shall be like a tree," sang the Psalmist of old, 
When the happy state of the righteous are told — 
A tree by the riverside standing bold. 

As from hidden springs the hardy tree 
Draws life and freshness, O God, may it be 
That our souls shall draw beauty and strength from 
Thee! 

Like a tree which gladdens the earth with shade, 
Whose fruitage is sound and whose leaf shall not fade, 
Let our lives forever a blessing be made! 

As the tree towers steadfast, unyielding still. 
When storm-winds sweep wild over field and hill, 
May our souls be grounded firm in Thy will! 

Effie Smith Ely 

GOD EXPECTS fruit from every tree He plants, and 
Psalm 1 pictures a fruit-bearing tree (v. 3). By 
contrast we see the tragic end of those who are not 
planted in Christ (vs. 4, .5; Luke 13:7). The man who 
is "like a tree" is genuinely happy (vs. 1-3) . Because 
he is holy, he is happy (Ps. 119:1) . The "blessed man" 
delights himself in the life-giving waters of the Word 
of God (V. 2, 16, 97). Stephen is an example of the 
seasonableness of the fruit of the Spirit (Acts 6:8). 
Before his killers "his leaf" did "not wither" (Acts 
7:60). 

"The chaff" is prophetic of "Depart from me ye 
cursed" (Matt. 25:41). "The fruits of righteousness" 
are "unto the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:11). 
The fruit is like the root which started from the In- 
corruptible seed of God's Word (I Pet. 1:23). Blind 
religion does not see this truth (John 3:9, 10). Nico- 
demus had not thought to compare Psalm 51:5 with 
Hosea 14:8. Thus Abraham was "blessed" in justifica- 
tion by faith (Gen. 15:6). He was spiritually virile 
and prosperous (Rom. 4:18). Lot's wife was cursed 
"chaff" (Luke 17:32). Though Lot was "delivered" 
for being "just," he had no spiritual prosperity (II 
Pet. 2:7-9). He snared himself when he chose the 
best pastures (Gen. 13:12), following worldly coun- 
sel (Ps. 49:18), and soon standing "in the way of sin- 
ners" (Gen. 19:14). He had been sitting "in the seat 
of the scornful" (Gen. 19:1)! 

"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree" 
(Ps. 92:12). He will be filled with praise (vs. 1-4). He 
believes in God's omnipotence and omniscience (vs. 



5, 6) . He believes in the inevitable doom of the wicked 
(vs. 7-9). He will flourish and grow (v. 12). He will 
be planted in God's house and will bring forth fruit 
in old age (vs. 13, 14) . He will testify to God's fidelity 
and grace (v. 15) . "Like a cedar in Lebanon," he is 
upright and heavenly minded (Col. 3:1-4). He is tall, 
erect, not gnarled or twisted like Satan, "the crooked 
serpent" (Isa. 27:1) or as the "crooked generation of 
sinners among whom the Christian is to shine as 
lights (Phil. 2:15). 

In the first Psalm ten things are said about the 
righteous and five about the ungodly. Single them 
out into two contrasting lists. The righteous man 
is further described in Psalm 15:1-5 and in Isaiah 61:3. 
If we love God with all our hearts, we must forsake 
the counsel of the ungodly, the path of sinners, and 
the scorner's seat (Phil. 4:8). A garden must be walled 
to be fruitful, and a fountain must be sealed to keep 
the water untainted (Song of Sol. 4:12). 




Dates: Feb. 28- March 28, 1965 
Theme: CHRISTIAN EMPHASIS 

Text: "MERE CHRISTIANITY" 

by C. S. Lewis 

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Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
of BeUgious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for February 21, 1965 
THE KEY TO THE KINGDOM 

Text: Matthew 16:13-26 

TF WE BELIEVE that Jesus is the world's Savior, then 
■*■ we must give unreserved consent and allegiance to 
the things He did and said. Herein are the keys that 
open up the Kingdom of God for men to enter. 
Who Is Jesus? 

Matthew shows that there are two possible concepts 
of Jesus that men may have. One is that He is a very 
great man, yet just man. Even if He had been dead 
hundreds of years and came back from the dead and 
showed great power it still is not a true understanding 
of Jesus. God did not honor this idea though it was a 
nice one. 

The second idea concerning Jesus was given by Peter 
(Matt. 16:16). He is THE, one and only, Son of God. 
This concept puts Jesus on equality with the Father. 
Jesus gave His blessing upon Peter for knowing and be- 
lieving the truth about Himself. 
Keys to the Kingdom: 

1. The keys to the Kingdom were promised to Peter 
and those with him. Since the keys open and close doors, 
or bind and loose as is inferred in Matt. 16:19, we con- 
clude that Matt. 18:18 and John 20:23 must also in- 
clude the concept of the keys and are given to others. 

2. The keys had not at this time been given the 
Apostles for the work or redemption was not yet done. 
They were promised. 

The keys to the Kingdom is the spiritual knowledge 
of salvation revealed in the Gospel. As we preach the 
Gospel of Christ, doors are opened to the world. When 
we are rejected along with the Gospel we preach, then 
doors of salvation are locked behind us and those who 
reject the witnesses will have no way to open salvation's 
doors. 
Satan's View of Jesus: 

Matt. 16:23 reveals that Jesus attributes to Satan 
any objection to the blood atonement of Jesus Christ. 
Peter could not conceive of such a person as Jesus be- 
coming involved in suffering and death when He could 
escape. Actually, it was because Jesus was so good that 
He went to Calvary. 

Matt. 16:25, 26 tells us that Jesus, knowing He would 
suffer on the cross, uses the "cross" to teach men that 
only in willingness to die for the sake, for the ideals, of 



Jesus can they actually live freely by Him and His ideals. 
When we draw back from Christ because of fear, shame, 
etc., we actually retreat back to the ways of the world 
which destroy the life we desire and need. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S.>S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



Ideas for Increased 
Sunday School Attendance 

Visitation witli a Purpose 

Too OFTEN visitation is done as though we were 
throwing out a dragnet to capture the Gospel 
"fish." I wonder if the usual community census ap- 
proach does not seem rather cold-blooded (or at least 
cold-hearted) to the non-church person. 

During my last pastorate, after trying various ap- 
proaches in our visitation program, we finally hit upon 
a plan which to me seems ideal. Rather than going 
out and ringing doorbells with a "we're-after-you" 
gleam in our eye, we tried to find a project which 
would be worthwhile in itself. 

On one occasion, for example, our people went from 
door to door soliciting used clothing for Korean or- 
phans. Another time, in connection with the Chris- 
tian Life Magazine attendance contest, we prepared 
a handwritten Bible, with each chapter prepared by a 
different person. To secure the 1189 "scribes," we made 
this a community-wide effort. On still another oc- 
casion, we secured Bibles from the World Home Bible 
League and offered them free to Bibleless homes. 

This type of approach created a good rapport. It 
projected a favorable image of the church. ("Collect- 
ing clothing for orphans — now that's a fine thing for 
a church to do!") It helped to make our church well 
known. 

This approach also brought many people to our 
Sunday school. While discussing the project, it Wias 
logical to use the magic question: "By the way, do 
you attend any church or Sunday school regularly?" 
And the conclusion of the project provided an op- 
portunity for a special day and another invitation. 

We reached many people in our community. We pro- 
moted worthwhile programs. We built our Sunday 
school. I am sold on visitation with a purpose. 

Ralph W. Harris, From NSSA LINK 



1964-65 Theme 



Ephesians 5:15-20 



"FULFILLING THE TIME" 



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usaders 



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Each Christian needs to know more of what God 
says to him through the Bible. Therefore, a new series 
"Spotlight on Scripture" is beginning this week. Our 
spotlight will focus on a well-known portion of scripture 
that you should know. Too often we know approximately 
what a verse says and approximately where it is found. 
The objective of this series is for you to locate and learn 
the spotlighted scripture. The answer for this week's 
Spotlight will appear in next week's issue of the Evan- 
gelist on the Youth pages. 

ech you there 

by the mercies 

e present your bod 

crifice, holy, accept 

which is your reasonable 

ce. 

nd be not conformed t 

: but be ye transfor 

ewing of your mind, 

ove what is that 

e, and perfect 



ARDMORE JUNIORS 

We have about twelve members who come to our 
meetings each week. Our officers for the year are: 
President — Ricky Basham 
Vice President — Kathy Horn 
Secretary — Wendy Kring 
Treasurer — Marlene Surguy 
Assistant Treasurer — Sandy Miller 
We have been quizzing on the book of Acts every other 
week at our meetings. We do two chapters each time we 



quiz. We are getting ready to pick our own team mem- 
bers. 

So far in our activities we have had a Christmas, . 
Halloween and swimming party. ' 

— Wendy Kring, secretary 



GOALS GAB 




Learn the Brethren Youth Covenant by having your 
B.Y.C. pray it together at every meeting — 10 points 

This goal remains the same as in past years except 
for one woz'd — pray. The Goals Committee felt it would 
be much better to pray the Covenant together rather 
than merely reading it. 

Of course, for newcomers to your youth group you will 
need to let them read and study the Covenant until they 
can learn it well enough to pray it but most members 
should be able to pray the Covenant without visual help. 

The Covenant is found on the back of every Member- 
sliip Card, in the front of the Leader's Book, in the B.Y. 
Handbook of Procedure and can be purchased in a wall 
size banner for 25c from the Youth Office. 
Brethren Youth Covenant 

"Believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior 
of the world, I will earnestly strive for a more personal 
relationship with Him. 

"I promise to study diligently God's Word as the guide 
of my life. 

"I accept Brethren Youth as a channel through which 
I can grow spiritually and serve faithfully my Lord and 
the Brethren Church. 

"I enter into this covenant and yield myself in the name 
of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen." 



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February 13, 1965 

THE LIFE WORK RECRUIT 




"Prayer for the Youth Program 
in general" 

How involved are our youth in the total program of 
the church, and how involved and concerned is the church 
for its youth? The effectual fervent prayer of a rlg'hteous 
man availeth much (James 5:16) was not written in jest. 
Such prayers do receive response, and the interest mani- 
fested through prayer will bless the program. Have you 
ever tried praying for your "enemies" or those who you 
feel have despitefully used you? You cannot pray for 
this cause and retain resentment in your own heart. 
At the same time you are healing the wound. Likewise 
your own interest and that of those around you will be 
kindled through fervent prayer for the program. 

Our youth will respond many times over to your con- 
cern. They covet interest and a program WITH them 
and not FOR them. 



"Personal interest by placing 

the individual youth on 

your prayer list" 

Personal prayer for the individual youth in the congre- 
gation, not just the Life Work Recruit, will stimulate 
your concern and interest. Many teen-agers walk and 
spend much time in the "valley and the shadow." Their 
life is not easy, and this seemingly frivolous and shallow 
outlook is too often a "cover." Temptations are twofold 
and ever increasing. Many of their "valleys" and their 
"shadows" are past for adults and now seem of very 
little consequence; or experience has taught us how to 
cope with our problems and theirs. 

They want and should solve their own problems — they 
do not want to be led by the hand, and they refuse such 



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aid; but they secretly welcome your interest. Pray, and 
let them know you are praying — that you will reach up 
and allow Christ to take them by the hand. Be honest, 
be sincere, be fervent and you will have effectual re- 
sponse and answer. Their valleys will not be as deep; 
their paths will be made straighter; the mountains will 
become only hills; and their shadows will be made light 
by the only One who can solve any problem. 

Personal prayer is a rare privilege and yet within 
the grasp of anyone. Personal prayer is the personal 
property of the rich, the talented, the educated and yet 
God also listens just as concernedly to those of low es- 
tate. Personal prayer and direct contacts with our God 
is something available to and for all. 




WHERE 
WOULD 

THE 

CHURCH 

BE? 



If every church member were just like me. 

Where would the Church be? 
If after shouldering responsibility, 

He turned back to see, 

Where would the Church be? 
If gloom pervaded his soul, 

Instead of joy making whole. 

Where would the Church be? 
If a gossiping tongue he had, 

Which always brings the bad. 

Where would the Church be? 
If his feelings were easily hurt, 

Or he made others feel like dirt. 

Where would the Church be? 
If he prayed as little as I, 

Or scanned the Bible with careless eye. 

Where would the Church be? 
But every church member is not like me. 

Praise tlie Lord! for 

Where would the Church be? 




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Bible S+udy for March 



OUR SPIRITUAL WALK 



by REV. RICHARD GODWIN 



THE TEXT for this phase of the general theme 
"Fulfilling the Time by Our Walk" is taken from 
Galatians 5:16 which states: This I say then, Walk 
in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the 
flesh. In order for us to obtain a more complete per- 
spective of this verse, I feel we need to look at a few 
verses just preceding it and also a few immediately 
following, as the apostle wrote it. 

Verse 13 — For, brethren, ye have been called unto 
liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the 
flesh, but by love serve one another. 

Verse 15 — But if ye bite and devour one another, 
take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 

Verse 17 — For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, 
and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are con- 
trary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the 
thing that ye would. 

Verse 18 — But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not 
under the laiv. 

Now, I believe here the Apostle is pointing toward the 
root fact that there are two natures at work in the 
Christian's life. I prefer to call these natures the 
"flesh mind" and the "spiritual mind." The two "na- 
tures" or "minds" are opposite and are at conflict 
as the foregoing scripture suggests along with other 
scriptures including Romans 8:1-13. 

By simple definition let us say that the "flesh mind" 
is interested in, and coveting after that which brings 
satisfaction and glorification to us as individuals, 
and that the "spiritual mind" is interested in, and 
coveting after that which brings satisfaction and 
glorification to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The conflict of these two opposites becomes a very 
real warfare when our own likes, dislikes, pleasure, 
comfort, prestige, and convictions must be sacrificed 
for the call, worship and commission of Almighty God. 
The result of such decisions we make to solve this 
conflict constitutes our "walk." 

Whether consciously or unconsciously the word 
walk suggests action to us. This movement or action 
was important to Paul as he was writing, I believe, 
because it is symbolic of our movement through life. 

The action of our feet moving transports our whole 
being (body, soul, and spirit) from one station in life 



to another. Because our walk is significant, then, of 
our whole life influence, it is no coincidence that the 
scripture of our concern here brings the "spiritual 
mind" and "our walk" into such close relationship. 
This relationship is inseparable since it is the mind 
which sets the course and gives the commands as to 
when and where our feet will carry us. This truth is 
of utmost importance to each of us since the Bible 
plainly shows us that there are only two ways to 
travel in life. The first Psalm points out this fact com- 
pletely. So it is that our footsteps upon life's path- 
ways are either leading "toward" God or "away" from 
God and that this is determined by your mind. 

If our steps are leading closer to the Father, it is 
because we are continually developing our spiritual 
mind to give it power over our flesh mind. Also, if 
this process has stopped, our walk toward God has 
stopped. I might also add that our productivity (re- 
garding souls won for Jesus Christ) has ceased, too. 

We must ever be laboring for the presence and the 
leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives if our walk is 
to be fruitful and if it is to "fulfill the time." There 
are too many people in our sophisticated age who are 
afraid of some emotion in the Christian experience 
and life. But I suggest that if God is a Spirit, as John 
4:24 says He is, there is only one way to experience 
Him and that is with an emotional encounter and 
re-encounter as a result of the inward yearning of 
mankind. 

The Bible exhorts us to be led of the Spirit. It also 
tells us this is an unnatural thing. The natural thing 
for you and me to do is to be led by our own reasoning 
and desires. But God says. My thoughts are not your 
thoughts, neither are your loays my loays, saith the 
Lord. (Isaiah 55:8) . 

There are many instances in the Bible of men fol- 
lowing the leading of their own minds with the result 
that the walk of their lives spelled disaster. 

Saul, a very outstanding character of the New Tes- 
tament, followed the wrong leading when he upheld 
the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:58) and when he made 
"havoc of the church" (Acts 8:3). 

The Jews followed the wrong leading when they 
sought to slay Jesus (John 5:16, etc.). 



February 13, 1965 



Page Thirteen 



Peter followed the wrong leading when he "followed 
afar off," and when he denied his Lord three times 
(Luke 22:54-62). 

One of Jesus' followers yielded to the wrong leading 
'when he asked the Lord to compel his brother to 
divide the inheritance with him (Luke 12:13-15). 

The mother of Zebedee's children displayed the 
jwrong leading in her life as she sought Jesus to place 
her two sons, the one on His right hand and the other 
on His left (Matthew 20:20-23). 

'Peter and Barnabas showed their leading to not 
be fully of the Spirit when they sided in with the 
"legalizers" and were admonished by Paul (Galatians 
2:11-14). 

The people of God must ever be wary of their foot- 
steps; being very cautious that their walk might be 
in accord with the Spirit of God. Paul brings us a 
most important word of instruction as he follows his 
thoughts which we are considering in the fifth chap- 
ter of Galatians with those of chapter six. The word 



he gives us is personal. It is also essential to a life 
"in the Spirit." In essence it means "self-seeking" 
after God. Galatians 6:4, 5 suggests three things for 
every man: (1) prove his own walk, (2) rejoice in him- 
self, (3) bear his own burden (or responsibility). Paul 
then climaxes his instruction on the "spirit of our 
walk" by saying GOD IS NOT MOCKED (Galatians 
6:7). Your choice in the conflict will decide if your 
works stand or fall (Galatians 6:8). BE NOT WEARY 
IN WELL DOING (Galatians 6:9). 

The concluding question to you, dear friend, is this 
— is your "spiritual mind" developing greater power 
over your "flesh mind"? 

Neither the multitude of your activities nor the 
number of crusades you enter to reform society de- 
termines your spiritual walk. It is the heart search 
for God which produces the "Spirit" in your life. The 
Bible states of one called Enoch that he walked with 
God: and he ivas not; for God took him (Gen. 5:24). 

It is our "walk with God" that is important. HOW 
IS YOUR WALK? 



Special Study 
Brethren Missions in Review 



THE HISTORY OF BRETHREN MISSIONS 

1880 - 1939 



TN THE EARLY 1880's an event occurred which 

hampered the progress of Brethren missions. This 
event was the division of the Brethren between Con- 
servatives and Progressives — known as the Church of 
the Brethren and the Brethren Church. The already 
established mission program remained under the con- 
trol of the Conservative branch — the Church of the 
Brethren. 

While getting on their feet as a denomination, the 
Progressives could claim no missionary program of 
their own; but in 1897, deflnite agitation began to es- 
tablish a foreign mission program. However, nothing 
tangible resulted immediately. 

The year 1900 saw the beginning of foreign mission 
work. At the National Conference of that year, Jacob 
C. Cassel, a prominent elder of the church at that time, 
presented a paper on the subject: "Are We Ready to 
Enter the Foreign Missionary Field?" The paper 
caused much controversy. There were some who heart- 
ily approved, others who were doubtful of the advisa- 
bility of putting into effect the proposals of the paper, 
and still others who were downright opposed to any 
foreign missionary program. 

When the issue of actually effecting a foreign mis- 
sionary organization reached the conference, the mis- 
sionary enthusiasts were informed that there was 
plenty of room "out under the trees" where they could 
50 and effect their organization. This was exactly 
What they did. Thus, it was that on September 4, 1900, 



under a giant oak tree, midway between the old Audi- 
torium and the Billy Sunday Tabernacle at Winona 
Lake, the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church was born. 

Dr. Charles F. Yoder was the first foreign representa- 
tive to be sent out by the newly-constituted mission- 
ary society. He originally set out to investigate Rus- 
sia and Persia as possible fields, only to return home 
because of circumstances unfavorable to such work, 
political and other obstacles. In 1909, together with 
his family, he began a work in Argentina which has 
continued to the present. The history of the Argentine 
work will be discussed later. 

In 1908 Mr. James Gribble and Florence Newberry 
served as missionaries under the African Inland Mis- 
sion. They were married and returned to the States 
in 1914. The Brethren Church then undertook the 
opening of a station in the Oubangui Chari (in French 
Equatorial Africa) , with James Gribble heading the 
movement. Miss Estella Myers and Mr. and Mrs. An- 
toine Rollier joined the group soon after, and this 
small party sailed for Africa in 1918. We will also con- 
sider the history of the work in Africa at a later date. 

Mission work on both the South American and Af- 
rican continents continued to flourish until the year 
1939. We will consider the history of Brethren mis- 
sions from that point until the present time next 
month. 



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Topic for March 



TAKE TIME TO READ 
It Is the Foundation of Knowledge 

by MISS HELEN SHIVELY 



READING is the art of interpreting printed and 
written words. It is tlie basic tool of education 
and one of the most important skills that we use in 
our everyday life. James Russell Lowell wrote, "Have 
you ever considered what the mere ability to read 
means? That it is the key which admits us to the 
whole world of thought and fancy and imagination? 
To the company of saint and sage, of the wisest and 
the wittiest at their wisest and wittiest moment? That 
it enables us to see with the keenest eyes, hear with 
the finest ears, and listen to the sweetest voices of all 
time?" 

Almost all of our lives we read. We learn the rudi- 
ments of reading in the primary grades, and the rest 
of our lives reading comes as naturally as speaking. 
Our success in school depends upon our ability to read. 
Unless a child knows how to read easily, quickly, and 
accurately, he will be handicapped, not only in school, 
but all his life. Often students who graduate from 
high school with a poor background in reading must 
take remedial reading courses before they can hope 
to continue their education. 

While doing our work, whether at home or on the 
job, we need to read. We use the printed word to learn 
the directions to bake a cake; to install a new door- 
bell; to erect a garage; to knit a sweater; to play a 
new game; to plant a rose bush; or, to clean a coffee 
stain from the carpet. All are commonplace activi- 
ties but in order to do any one of them effectively 
a set of instructions must be read and followed. 

We read for information, to find answers to the 
many questions that confront us daily. We constantly 
consult books, magazines and newspapers in our quest 
for this knowledge. If we want to know the state 
of affairs in the Congo or the condition of the bills 
under discussion in the State Legislature, we read the 
newspaper. If we are curious as to the appropriate 
birthstone for the month of March or the location 
of the morning star in the winter sky, we consult a 
book. If we want to read a short story or learn the 
newest fashion trends, we use a magazine. This in- 
formation does not come to us without our reading 
about it. 

Recreation and relaxation are more reasons for 
reading. A friend of mine once told me that the most 
relaxing rest he had at the close of a day of labor 
was to sit in a comfortable chair and read. Many of 
you know the power of a book to induce sleep. Another 
friend has traveled all over the world without ever 
leaving her living room, she travels through her read- 
ing. Not only is this a less expensive way to see the 
world but sometimes it is the most comfortable and 



less time consuming. Herbert Spencer once said, "Read- 
ing is seeing by proxy." What better proxy can W6 
have for seeing the wonders of the world than a book 

Reading is our way of life. A nation is influenced 
by the percentage of its people who can read. Ac- 
cording to statistics only 55 out of 100 persons in the 
world can read their own names. In Canada 98 out oj 
100 and in America 97 out of 100 are able to read. In 
contrast, only 1 to 5 out of 100 adults in Afghanistan 
and Ethiopia can read. The country whose popula- 
tion is educated usually advances much faster anc 
further than the country whose people are illiterate 

In 1962, the American Library Association made £ 
study of the reading habits of the American people 
who patronize the public libraries. The fact that more 
people are reading was evidenced by an 8 per cent 
increase in the circulation of the libraries. Their in- 
terests varied from politics to extra sensory percep- 
tion and from juvenile delinquency to organic garden- 
ing. This trend is a healthy sign for the country a; 
well as the people themselves. 

Many times men and women have been heard tc 
say, "I just don't have the time to read." Usually we 
find the time to do the things we really want to dc 
and which interests us most. Moreover, reading ii 
food and exercise for the mind just as meat and walk- 
ing is food and exercise for the body. So shouldn'1 
we take time to read just as we take time to eat? 

To have an active, healthy mind we must nourist 
and exercise it just as we feed and exercise our bodie; 
to keep them healthy, and a varied diet is required foi 
good health. No one could live on a diet of peas alone 
therefore, no mind could stay healthy reading onl3 
detective stories. Now I have no quarrel with pea; 
or detective stories, both are good but not as a stead} 
diet with nothing else included. 

The best diet we can find for our bodies include! 
all kinds of food, meat, vegetables, sweets, etc. Un- 
fortunately, we cannot find all such items in one 
capsule, but we have such a capsule for our minds— 
the Bible. Inside the cover of one book we find poetry 
romance, mystery, history, biography, travel, etc. MosI 
important, on these pages we find God's way of life 
for us. His rules and plans are just as fresh and new 
today as they were when they were written ages ago 
The Bible contains help for every problem or situatior 
that comes into our lives. This truth has been set fortlr 
in the following poem by an unknown poet. 

THE BIBLE 
When I am tired, the Bible is my bed; 
Or in the dark, the Bible is my light; 



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When I am hungry, it is vital bread; 

Or fearful, it is armor for the fight. 
When I am sick, 'tis healing medicine; 

Or lonely, thronging friends I find therein. 

If I would work, the Bible is my tool; 

Or play, it is a harp of happy sound. 
If I am ignorant, it is my school; 

If I am sinking, it is solid ground. 
If I am cold, the Bible is my fire; 

lAnd it is wings, if boldly I aspire. 

Should I be lost, the Bible is my guide; 

Or naked, it is raiment rich and warm. 
Am I imprisoned, it is ranges wide; 

Or tempest-tossed, a shelter from the storm. 
Would I adventure, 'tis a gallant sea; 

Or would I rest, it is a flowery lea. 

Does gloom oppress? The Bible is a sun. 

Or guileness? It is a garden fair. 
Am I athirst? How cool its currents run! 

Or stifled? What a vivifying air! 
Since thus thou gavest thyself to me. 

How should I give myself, great book, to thee! 



The more we read and study the Bible, the stronger 
and healthier our minds become. This food and exer- 
cise agrees with all who believe. 

Joseph Addison, the English poet and statesman, 
wrote in his "The Tatler," "Reading is to the mind, 
what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is 
preserved, strengthened, and invigorated; by the other, 
virtue, which is the health of the mind, is kept alive, 
cherished, and confirmed." 

One of the programs of our W.M.S. is the Reading 
Circle by which we try to strengthen our lives with a 
varied diet of worthwhile books. Since only two books 
are required to be read to meet the goal, you have the 
oportunity to select those that are of the most in- 
terest to you. We hope and trust you have been en- 
joying your selections. 

Francis Bacon wrote in his "Essays: of Studies," 
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe 
and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; 
but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be 
tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be 
chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be 
read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, 
and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence 
and attention." Which kind do you read? 



The 

Procession 

of the 

Royal 

Seed 

(continued) 
Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

XVI 



TT IS NOT possible for man, in his finite state, to 
comprehend the "wisdom and knowledge of God." 
'How unsearchable are his Judgments, and his WAYS 
PAST TRACING OUT." The ages have echoed with 
the cries of WHY; but there has always been a reason. 
All is in harmony with His plan, and in the "fullness 
Df time," the curtain raises upon each epoch of the 
procession of the Royal Seed. 

With the long view in the ascendency, and the im- 
.Tiediate need at hand, Jehovah touches with His 
iceptre the elements of change. New conditions fall into 



pattern, and new personalities grace the scene, but 
central, always, is the Seed. 

The time came when it became expedient to narrow 
the special activity from the race as a whole, to an 
individual and his posterity, in order that through 
the one family, "all the families of the earth be 
blessed." The course of the human race was down- 
ward from the fall. It became universally idolatrous. 

Down in Ur, below the confluence of the Tigris and 
Euphrates rivers, Jehovah was conditioning a man 
of parts and stature. He was of the Seed Royal from 
Terah his sire. Only God, himself, knows how long 
He had been preparing Abram through his ante- 
cedents. Who is it that selects the characteristics that 
make up the genes of procreation? Who chooses the 
ova and sperm, each carrying twenty-four genes, for 
each conception? Who guards the new individual 
throughout both natal and prenatal life 'till the years 
of usefulness? None other than the Holy God who is 
all and in all. Abram was Jehovah's man, prepared 
and ready for the call, and without hesitation or ques- 
tion, "believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for 
righteousness." Jehovah had conditioned his sensi- 
tive soul, and it became the fertile soil into which the 
truths of monotheism took root. Abhorant to his 
nostrils became the smoke of burning sacrifices to the 
pantheon of gods, and meaningless the cultus of pagan 
worship. In short, the heart of Abraham was amenable, 
and his spiritual ear turned to the Infinite. 

God never prepared a man for a mission without 
using him; his human weaknesses notwithstanding. 
Frailties of the flesh in Abram vanished when Jehovah 
said unto him, "I WILL MAKE THEE; I WILL BLESS 
THEE; I WILL MAKE THY NAME GREAT; I WILL 
MAKE THEE A BLESSING." When Jehovah said, 
"Get thee to a land that I will show thee," Abram 
"went out, not knowing whither he went." When Je- 



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hovah said, "Lift up now thine eyes, and look from 
the place thou art, for all the land which thou seest, 
to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever," Abram 
said, "Whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?" 
Where are the title deeds? Where indeed, but in the 
covenant which God made with him in that day when 
the flaming torch passed between the divided sacri- 
fices, which he had obediently divided. What saith 
those title deeds? "I will establish my covenant be- 
tween thee and me and thy SEED after thee through- 
out their generations for an everlasting covenant, . . . 
and I will give unto thee and thy seed after thee, the 
land of thy sojournings, all the land of Canaan for 
an EVERLASTING POSSESSION." Those title deeds 
have been in effect ever since, passing through each 
succeeding SEED unto their final repose in the present 
possession. Said Paul to the Galatians, "Though it was 
but a man's covenant, yet when it was confirmed, 
no one maketh it void, or addeth thereto. Now to Abra- 
ham were the promises spoken, and to his seed. He 
saith not, 'And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, 
and to thy SEED which is Christ.' " The titular head 
of the Royal line is Christ, and He holds the TITLE 
DEEDS to the patrimony of Abraham. 

Thus Abraham became the father of the PATRI- 
ARCHS, Abraham of the covenant. 

Since it was appointed that man should suffer physi- 
cal dissolution, Abraham the friend of God must go 
the way of all flesh. The fact gave him pause. He had 
no seed, for Sarah was barren. Troubled in soul, Abra- 
ham cried out to God in frustration, "What wilt thou 
give me, seeing I go childless?" Or how can I inherit 
anything to pass on to my seed when I have no seed? 
He had learned much from Jehovah but he had much 
to learn. Both Abraham and Sarah laughed at the 
promise because of their advanced age, but Jehovah 
had His plan which could not be thwarted. "Nay," 
said He, "but Sarah thy wife SHALL bear thee a son; 
and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will estab- 
lish my covenant with him for an everlasting cove- 
nant for his seed after him." Isaac was born, and took 
his place in the Procession of the Royal Seed — Isaac 
of the PROMISE. 

Isaac, too, must live out his days, but they were days 
in which ".Jehovah blessed him . . . and he waxed 
great in the land of the promise." He prospered in 
material things but like his mother, his wife Rebekah 
was barren. Again there was no heir, but Jehovah 
was entreated of Isaac in behalf of his wife, and 
provided a miraculous birth. How marvelously the 
hand of God moves in the affairs of men who are 
yielded to His will. Isaac asked for a son, but when 
Jehovah sent him two, Rebekah was troubled and in- 
quired of Jehovah, "If it be so, wherefore do I live?" 
She knew the covenant of the SEED: now two would 
come, and her woman's intuition forecast trouble, es- 
pecially since the prenatal struggle had already begun. 
However, as in the events of Abraham and Isaac, 
Jehovah had prepared His chosen SEED. Not only for 
Rebekah but for all time, the Divine Will was ex- 
pressed, "Two peoples shall be separated from thy 
bowels . . . and the elder shall serve the younger." 
Tensions in the middle east today would be lessened 
if all peoples understood, and believed God's own 
statement. The second born, Jacob, was to have the 
pre-eminence, but by the customs of heredity, Esau 



the first born had the birthright. Jehovah must agair 
intervene and change the custom of the birthright t( 
the indication of the Seed by Divine selection. Esau'i 
selling of the birthright to Jacob is only incidental 
Jehovah had set up the new order before their birtl 
and no longer did the first born birthright control th( 
appointment of the SEED. 

The choice of the next in line, a son of Jacob, pro- 
vides a notable example of the abolishing of the birth- 
right in the Royal line. Judah was the fourth soi 
of Jacob, and three were rejected — Reuben for incest 
Simeon and Levi for murder. Jacob expressed th( 
Divine wish, "O my soul, come not thou into thei: 
council; unto their assembly, MY GLORY, be no 
thou united." The GLORY of Jacob was the deposi 
of the SEED. It was made to repose in Judah accord- 
ing to Jacob's prophesy recorded in Genesis 49:10 
llb-A.S.V., The sceptre shall not depart from Judah 
Nor the ruler's staff from betiveen his feet, Unti 
Shiloh come. The tribe of Judah was forever to carr; 
the Royal Seed. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



RADIANT OLD AGE 

They shall still bring forth fruit in old age (Psalm, 
92: 14a). 

PERHAPS for each of us, as we grow older, then 
may be a tendency to dread each year's draw 
ing to a close. As the years stretch out we are eacl 
affected differently as to what the new year will brins 
to us. If we were privileged to go back to the years o 
our childhood, we would not care to forfeit the wis 
dom which the years have brought to us in order ti 
take that journey into the past. It is indeed true tha 
it is "the last of life for which the first was made.' 
The oldest man here at the Brethren's Home passei 
away on December 28 at the advanced age of 91 year 
and six months. His body was tired with carryini 
the weight of the years, and his mind tended to wande: 
back into the scenes and experiences of childhooi 
and youth. The recounting of the "scenes of his child 
hood" helped him to forget the weakness and inca 
pacitation of his declining years, and sustained hin 
for the quiet "slipping away home" on that Monda; 
morning. 

William Lyon Phelps, near the close of his life, dis 
agreed with those who look longingly back into thei: 
teens as being the best period of life. To believe this 
he declared, is like contending that the view from thi 
bottom of a tower is greater than the view from th^ 
top. To one who has been growing, making new friends 
finding new ways of serving others, the closing year, 
of life are as rewarding as the view from some tow- 
ering eminence. 

"Radiant old age is one of the finest gifts anyoni 
can bestow on his friends," says a modern writer 

". . . We build the ladder by which we rise 

Prom the lowly earth to the vaulted skies . . ." 



February 13, 1965 



World Religious 



JUDGE DISMISSES 
ATHEIST'S SUIT 

BALTIMORE (EP) — A 



suit to 



end 

real estate tax exemption for 
churches and synagogues — started 
Iby Mrs. Madalyn E. Murray of Bal- 
timore, a professed atheist — was 
dismissed by Circuit Court Judge 
Wilson K. Barnes here. 

He said he would file an opinion 
lexplaining his reasons at a later 
date. The suit was dismissed "with 
prejudice," or closed at the circuit 
level. Plaintiffs, however, have 30 
days to file an appeal in the Mary- 
land Court of Appeals. 

OVIrs. Murray initiated the case on 
the grounds that religious tax ex- 
emption constituted public aid to 
churches and synagogues in viola- 
tion of federal and state constitu- 
tions. 

She also launched the Maryland 
case which resulted in the 1963 
Supreme Court decision against 
prayer and Bible reading in public 
schools. 

SMITHSONIAN TO DISPLAY 
FAMED 'PSALM SCROLL' 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (ep) — Among 
the 14 Dead Sea Scrolls scheduled 
to arrive in the U. S. from Jordan 
is the 12-foot long "Psalm Scroll," 
a spokesman at the Smithsonian 
Institution announced. 

Also to be included in the dis- 
play will be a scroll containing 
Deuteronomy, in which are written 
the Ten Commandments. Accom- 
panying the scrolls will be the jug- 
lets in which they were found and 
about 30 artifacts, including coins 
current at the time of their stor- 
ing. 

The scrolls are from the Qumran 
community of the Essene sect of 
Ancient Palestine. The finds, made 
in the late 1940's, are from 10 of 
11 caves now under Jordanian con- 
trol. Cave One, under Israeli con- 
trol along the Dead Sea, yielded 
the most valuable contents. 

George Berklacy, press officer for 
the Smithsonian, said the scrolls 
will go on exhibit at the Institu- 
tion's Museum of Natural History 



News 
Review 



in 



beginning February 27. An elabor- 
ate showing will be held for three 
weeks before being taken to a num- 
ber of other American cities for 
display. 

Mr. Berklacy said some of the 
cities included in the agenda, which 
has not yet been finalized, include 
Philadelphia, Baltimore, Omaha 
and Los Angeles. 

SEMINARY ENROLLMENT 
SAID TO BE ON RISE 
IN EAST GERMANY 

BERLIN (EP) — ^Enrollment of Prot- 
estant theology students in East 



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German universities continued Its 
upward trend after a post-war low 
in 1961, according to the 1964 Sta- 
tistical Year Book issued by the 
Communist regime. 

The number of students enrolled 
at Evangelical faculties in 1963 
was given as 592, up 38 in a year. 
Since 1958, when there were 751 
Evangelical seminarians, their 
number had steadily decreased un- 
til a record low of 494 was reached 
in 1961. 

East German churchmen fre- 
quently have cited the acute lack 
of clergy in the Soviet Zone, where 
about one-third of all pastorates 
are vacant. Religious leaders at- 
tribute the decrease in the number 
of seminarians to Communist pres- 
sure aimed at discouraging youths 
from religious vocations. 

In contrast, some 3,500 Protestant 
youths are studying for the min- 
istry in West Germany. 



Brethren All-Ohio 
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKSHOP 



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MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE 

Curiculum Consultant 

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FROM CHURCH of the Brethren Mission headquarters 
in Nigeria, we hear that Shirley and Harold Bowers 
did arrive on January 2, and were met in Jos by the 
Field Secretary, Roger Ingold. The Field Secretary is 
especially impressed with the great amount of under- 
standing the two new missionaries have concerning the 
work and the area. He further states that few new peo- 
ple in the field seem to be as well informed beforehand 
as the Bowers family. Undoubtedly their previous resi- 
dence in other areas of Africa has lielped to prepare them 
for this work. How the Lord molds and makes each one 
of us ready to serve Him! 

Mark had the opportunity of journeying to Waka to see 
where Shirley and Harold would be located and what 
it would be like in this area before his returning to Jos 
with the other missionary children to attend the Hill- 
crest School. It is especially good for a child's adjustment 
to be familiar with his parents' location. How thank- 
ful we are he had this opportunity to visit the Waka 
Training Center where his parents will be teaching the 
Nigerian native students. Maria, of course, will be stay- 



ing with Harold and Shirley since she is only four year 
of age. 

The Bowers will be teaching in the Teacher Trainini 
College there rather than the Secondary School wher 
they thought they would be. Shirley will be teachin] 
a nearly full load of English, third year students am 
Harold will have third and fourth year. Pray for ther) 
as they prepare their classes and as they adjust to si 
many new customs. 

Harold and Shirley's address is: 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bowers 
Waka Schools 
Waka P. O. Biu via Yola 
Northern Nigeria, West Africa 

Write to Mark Bowers as follows: 
Mark Bovvers 
Hillcrest School 
Box 145 
Jos, Nigeria 
West Africa 



A LETTER from Bill Curtis discloses their personal 
delight with having arrived "home" and to begin 
their work in the Argentine field. Their flight from Mi- 
ami by Peruvian jet was very comfortable and made 
stops at Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile. The flight over 
the snow-capped Andes was particularly beautiful. Bill 
comments, "It was impossible to see the little villas sev- 
eral thousand feet below without wondering if there was 
an evangelical witness in even one or two of these com- 
munities." The Lord was truly with them in flight and 
through customs where a very unusual "no charge" was 
offered them. 

They are busily securing basic needs such as washer 
and refrigerator and getting settled in the downstairs 



apartment at O'Higgins. You will recall this is the apart 
ment previously occupied by John and Regina Rowse; 
with their three children. At the present time the Row 
seys are living in Bill Fasig's home while he is on fur 
lough in the United States. Friends of Bill Fasig wil 
be interested to know that he is working with one of th( 
Billy Graham teams in Maine this week. By the timi 
Bill Fasig returns in June, the Field Council in Argentin; 
will be able to make plans for other housing arrange 
ments for either Curtises or Rowseys. 

Pray that the Curtises' shipment and safe arrival o 
their barrels of personal items might be soon and tha 
all will go through customs rapidly. 



NOT TOO VERY LONG AGO you may have read of 
the curtailment of shortwave transmitter com- 
munication among the mission stations in Nigeiia, due to 
exhor'bitant fees in licensing. After much efl'ort between 
the mission personnel and the Ministry of Communica- 
tion it appears that it may be possible to grant the use 
of eight transmitters without the $200 tax per transmitter 
per annum and there is the possibility of the reoperation 
of shortwave service. Continue to pray for this great need. 



Bob and Bea are by themselves in the Mbororo sta 
tion and in cases such as this, the transmitter is indeec 
a morale booster. 

We have no definite word concerning the return o 
the Bischofs for their scheduled 1965 furlough, but w( 
would hope to see them in this country some time li 
July. Continue to pray for these two dedicated workers 
their health and heavy work load. 



'ebruary 13, 1965 

HOUSING at Eden continues to present a problem. We 
have not yet heard that Aspinalls have found a 
nouse of their own. Solomons and Aspinalls have been 
iving together in the dwelling at Eden and sharing very 
;lose quarters. The action was passed by the board and 
the field council to provide a place for them, but good 
rental properties are few and far between. Pray that 
the Solomons and Aspinalls might both be housed com- 
fortably. 

At the present time, the Aspinalls and Solomons are 
both making arrangements for the purchase of their 
separate automobiles. Rowseys and Bylers, you know, 



Page Nineteen 

already have adequate vehicles for their families and 
work. The contributions from General Conference of- 
fering have helped to provide for three of the 
vehicles with some monies left over to apply to the fourth. 
The total amount received at conference and the months 
preceeding and following general conference amounted 
to $3,589.57. 

Unfortunately, Solomons did not have theirs to out- 
run the stork, but a doctor immediately on hand took 
Jeanette to the hospital. Their lovely second daughter 
and fourth child was born January 9th at 10 P. M. weigh- 
ing seven pounds and being named Margaret Marie after 
the maternal and paternal grandmothers. 



U' 



NDOUBTEDLY this is a very busy time for the 
Shanks with the dormitories at the Hillcrest School 
for missionaries' children filling up after the holiday 
and with the beginning of the new semester. Many little 
j children are away from home and family for the first 
Jtime and presenting problems of time and attention. 
We heard that Doc Shank was most helpful to Bowers. 
|He had secured the floor plan of the house the Bowers 
are to live in and had even measured the windows so 
that Shirley could secure material for her curtains be- 
fore leaving the well-stocked market area. 



Pray for the health, strength and patience of the 
Shanks. Doc and Jean are doing a tremendous work at 
Hillcrest School. We marvel alone at their endurance 
listening to practice on one piano in their dormitory al- 
most continuously before and after school classes. If any 
of you have had even four lessons practiced constantly 
and consecutively in the home, you have some idea! 
They have many interruptions each day as little ones 
need love and assistance and attention when they are ill. 
Pray that Doc and Jean might find time to enjoy their 
own two children, Dennis and Donna, and have a good 
family association. 



Laborers Together 
with God 

BRETHREN, we have a lovely new church at Lost 
Creek, Kentucky! You helped to build this lovely 
edifice with your prayers and contributions. The work 
there is now only beginning with the completion of 
the building, for now this lovely new church must be 
filled with fellow Christians reaching out into the 
community and hill areas to win souls and bring men 
to Christ. Pray for the labors to be accomplished in 
this new shell . . . that the people might be irritated 
by grains of unrest until .they have developed a pearl 
in God's Church. 




THE SIXTEENTH Ten Dollar Club call for 
assisting Lost Creek is now^ closed. Between 
July 1 and December 31, 1964, a total of $10,503 



was received to exceed the amount of $10,497.20 
netted for the previous call for the Wabash 
Church. During this period of time, twenty-one 
new members indicated an interest in supporting 
church extension and joined the Ten Dollar Club, 
and at the present time, there are 1414 members 
in the club. 



Gains for 
the Kingdom 

September, October, November 1964 
First Quarter of the new Church year 

CHURCH BAPTIZED 

Dille 25 

Hildi 45 - 

Lassa 15 

Mbororo 17 

Moda 4 

Mubi 34 



140 Total Baptized 
. . Robert Bischot 



Missionaries' 
FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS 

Timothy Solomon February 18, 1956 

Robert Bischof, Jr February 21, 1959 

Rebecca Solomon February 27, 1958 



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Searching the Psalms 

PSALM 90 



by VIRGIL BARNHART 



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THIS PSALM was penned by Moses, and is pos- 
sibly the first psalm to be written. Many writers 
agree that after examining ancient writings and rec- 
ords that Moses was probably the first writer of sacred 
writ. This psalm is based on the eternity of God and 
the brevity of human life. The topical arrangement 
often refers to this psalm as the frailty of human life. 

For public worship, and also for individual devo- 
tional guidance, the psalms constitute the height of 
God-given literature. In this specific psalm we are 
reminded that this is a prayer of Moses, the man of 
God. Moses prays for the knowledge and sensible ex- 
perience of God's good providence for mankind. 

This psalm makes no attempt within its poetic 
framework to elaborate the circumstance of its com- 
position. However, when we see this psalm referred 
to as the psalm of Moses, or the prayer of Moses, we 
come to this possible explanation. The Hebrew prepo- 
sition rendered by the word "of" expresses author- 
ship and also possession by Moses of this writing. It 
clearly indicates the authorship as having come from 
the pen of Moses. 

It is supposed that this writing was penned upon oc- 
casion of the sentence passed upon Israel when they 
were in the wilderness, and due to their unbelief and 
rebellion, they would not be allowed to enter Canaan, 
the promised land. Probably Moses penned this prayer 
to be daily used by the people in their tents, or by 
the priests in the tabernacle service in the wilderness. 
It is very applicable to the frailty of human life in 
general. In our singing and studying of this wonderful 
psalm, we could definitely apply it to the years of 
our passage through the wilderness of this world. 
It furnishes us with meditations and prayers very 
suitable for our daily application of living in this 
complex and speeded-up day and age. Let's not per- 
mit ourselves to be stampeded, but pause and meditate, 
and thus be drawn closer to our Maker. 

Thus Moses taught the people of Israel to pray, 
and put words into their mouths which they might 
make use of in turning to the Lord. 



In verses one and two, we are taught to give God 
the praise of His care concerning His people at all 
times. It matters not where God's people dwell, or 
which generation we are presently in; we should give 
God the praise, our prayers, and the thanksgiving for 
the glory of His eternity. He is eternal. 

In verse three, God calls men to repent of their sins 
and live a new life. God turns all men to destruction 
by destruction of the body, the earthly house, and ma- 
terial possessions (mammon) . Yet again God says, 
Return, ye children of men, at the general resurrec- 
tion, when, though a man dies, yet he shall live again. 

A thousand years (verse 4) , to us, is a long period, 
which we cannot expect to survive; but it is in God's 
sight as yesterday, as one day. It is "as a watch of 
the night," which was but three hours. There is a 
definite proportion of time between a minute and a 
million years, but between time and eternity there is 
none. 

The frailty and uncertainty of man and man's life 
are shown in verse five and six. As soon as we are 
born we begin to die, and every day of our life carries 
us so much nearer death. Men are "carried away 
as with a flood," they are not mentally and spiritually 
awake to the possibilities of the eternal life that can 
be theirs by acceptance of God's salvation and His 
plan of redemption. Like men asleep, they imagine 
great things to themselves, till death awakes them 
from their general apathy. Many never awaken from 
this sleep; life passes quickly, and for them the op- 
portunity to be "saved" is lost. Man's life is short like 
that of the grass. Man, in his prime, does but flourish 
as the grass. Awake and avail self to the God-given 
heritage that can be yours if you so choose. 

In the study of verses seven through eleven, Moses 
teaches the people of Israel to confess before God 
that righteous sentence of death which by their sins 
they had brought upon themselves. They are here 
taught to acknowledge the wrath of God to be the 
cause of all their miseries (note verses 7 and 9) . We 
are too apt to look upon death as no more than a debt 



February 13, 1965 



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owed to nature — this is not so. For if the nature of 
man had continued in its God-created purity, there 
would have been no such debt owing to it. It is a 
idebt to the justice of God. Sin entered into the world, 
and death by sin. In verse eight we are taught to 
confess our sins. Our sins may be secreted from eyes 
and knowledge of man, but they cannot be kept from 
God and the light of His countenance (v. 8). The 
reason why they cannot is because God is omniscient. 
He has a complete and infinite knowledge of every- 
thing. 

See what happened because of the unbelief and lack 
lof faith that the Israelite people often expressed in 
their wilderness experiences. Of the lives of men in 
general, ever since the days of Moses, it may be taken 
thus: "Our years are seventy, and the years of some, 
by reason of strength, are eighty" (verse 10). Yet the 
whole extent of our years, from infancy to old age, is 
but labor and sorrow. 

In verse twelve notice this meaning, "Lord, give us 
grace to consider how short our life is and how few 
days we have to live in this world." May we tune our 
hearts unto Thee, and use our knowledge for Thy 
kingdom. May the honor and glory of Thy plan be 
given completely unto Thee, rather than unto the 
pride of man. 

As we read and study verses thirteen through seven- 
Iteen, let us do so with a humble spirit of repentance. 



that God's Word will be made known unto us, and His 
love will be manifested in us and by us. Herein we 
notice the people of Israel are praying for the mercy 
of God; for they pretend not to plead any merit of 
their own. They are seeking and asking for God's 
returned favor to them, thereby getting comfort and 
joy rather than God's displeasure. And let the beauty 
of the Lord our God lie upon us (verse 17). They are 
saying. Let it appear that God favors us. Let the grace 
of God in us, and the light of our good works, make 
our faces to shine. Allow divine consolations to put 
gladness into our hearts, a luster upon our coun- 
tenances, and that it will also be the beauty of the 
Lord upon us. Establish thou the loork of our hands 
upon us (verse 17) . 

God's working upon us does not discharge us from 
using our utmost endeavors in serving Him and work- 
ing out our salvation. But, when we have done all, we 
must wait upon God for the success. 



The writer of this study of Psalm 90 is brother 
Virgil Barnhart, herein pictured, and a member of 
the Gratis, Ohio Brethren Church. He has many duties 
in his home church, but finds time also, to operate 
as president of the board of advisors of the Boys' 
Brotherhood of our denomination as loell as second 
vice president of the National Laymen's Organization. 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 

SMBTHVILLE. OHIO 

nPHE SMITHVILLE CHURCH sends greetings to the 
1 Brethren everywhere. In this part of Christ's 
vineyard, we are working together to follow Christ's 
teachings and to make Him known to others about us 
who are not yet of the church. 

As we look at the year 1964 in retrospect, we find 
cause for rejoicing and some moments of sorrow. 

On November 8, Roy Amstutz and wife were set apart 
for the Christian ministry in a beautiful ordination 
service conducted by Elders Virgil Meyer, J. G. Dodds 
and Donald Rowser. Many friends from church, com- 
munity and from a distance were in attendance for 
this important event and remained for the fellow- 
ship meal in the church parlors. 

November 16 to 22 marked the date of the revival 
meetings with Dr. Joseph Shultz speaking on the Gos- 
pel of Mark. Four young people came to know Christ 
as their Savior, and two adults united with the church. 

Christmas time was observed with programs and 
class parties. As a part of the youth program, the 
senior youth presented the play "Geraldine and the 
White Robe." The play was directed by Mrs. Char- 



lene Rowser and the youth advisors, Mr. and Mrs. 
Kenneth Hilty. The candle lighting service on Christ- 
mas Eve was well attended, and it was a worshipful 
highlight of the Christmas season. 

Last September, Rev. Donald Rowser tendered his 
resignation in order to serve the New Lebanon church. 
During his pastorate of six years, ninety-four peo- 
ple were added to the church — seventy-five by bap- 
tism and nineteen by letter. The prayers of the Smith- 
ville congregation follow the Rowser family where 
they serve now and in the future. 

The Pulpit Committee, consisting of the deacons, 
acted with dispatch in making contacts for a new 
leader. Donald Rinehart, who is a senior in Ashland 
Theological Seminary, and Mrs. Rinehart met the con- 
gregation at a fellowship meal and was later called 
as our pastor and wife. The pastoral year will begin 
in June following graduation from Seminary. Rev. 
Virgil Meyer graciously consented to serve as interim 
pastor starting January 17. Rev. Meyer served the 
Smithville church in this capacity six years ago, and 
has the love and confidence of the members. 

On January 3, 1965, a beautiful wall clock, a gift 
of the senior youth, was presented to the church and 
was dedicated to the loving memory of Jayne Loree 
Drushal. 

During the morning worship hour on January 10, 
1965, Paul Steiner now in his middle year in Ashland 
Theological Seminary, was recognized by the Smith- 
ville congregation as a licensed minister. 

We ask that the Smithville church be remembered 
in your prayers as we press onward toward the mark 
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

Beulah M. Amstutz 
Church Correspondent 



Pasre Tuenty-two 



The Brethren Evangelist 



THE JOY OF A MITTEN TREE 
by LOIS HUTZELL 




There's a threefold joy in a Mitten Tree: 
That of the giver, the receiver and the tree. 
Those who are givers will have joy I believe, 
For being faithful stewards of the things they've 
received. 

When our friends in Kentucky receive their mittens, 
They'll recall with joy, in God's Word it is written: 
Take no thought for tomorrow what you'll eat or wear 
Through God's infinite love, they're already prepared. 

We all know well that a tree can't talk 

Can't see or hear or express one thought. 

If this lovely creation by God only could. 

The stories it could tell would do our hearts good. 

Here come some small boys in out of the weather 

To hand up their gloves lined with fur, made of 
leather; 

They're made for rough play like those they are wear- 
ing, 

They like them so much they think they're worth 
sharing. 

The little girls have brought in their mittens, 
They are warm and soft and furry like kittens, 
For these are the things that little girls like, 
They know that for others, they'll make Christmas 
bright. 

The little old lady who has little to share 
Has hung up her gloves with such loving care. 
Parents have brought them, both large and small. 
They want to be sure there will be some for all. 



Yes, these folks have trimmed this tree with great 

pride. 
This tree brought in from oft the hillside. 
And these things would surely bring joy to the tree 
If only it could talk and hear and see. 

As I look at this Mitten Tree on display, 
I believe our Father in Heaven must say, 
Whatever you've done through this Mitten Tree 
You have done it, my brethren, even unto Me. 



The above poem was written about the "mitten tree" 
lohich you see pictured in the accompanying photo 
This particular tree is the one that was in the St 
James, Maryland, Brethren Church. Such trees were 
found in many of our Brethren Churches throughout 
the denomination. 



LANARK, ILLINOIS 

WITH THE BEGINNING of a new year, it is time 
for a report from the Lanark First Brethrer 
Church. Many repairs and some remodeling has beer 
completed. A new gas furnace replaced the old stoker 
and the entire church was rewired. The basemen- 
ceiling was replaced with a new one, and the entin 
basement painted. 

The W.M.S. ladies had a center opening made anc 
paneling installed back of the pulpit. They also fur- 
nished a new choir loft curtain. The memorial gift; 
of two new pulpit chairs and a lectern were a mos' 
welcome addition. When we have our dedication, i 
complete list of donors and gifts will be given. Mor( 
repairs will be completed this spring and summer 

Rev. Kenneth Howard held evangelistic service, 
after Thanksgiving. An elderly couple, a new mothe: 
and a young boy were baptized. 

Our pastor. Rev. Gilmer, is co-operating with thi 
Milledgeville Brethren in looking over sites suitabli 
for establishing a new Brethren Church in this area 

Mrs. Paul M. Diffenderfer 



"Give us this day our daily bread" is a statemen 
of trust. It is asking for the bread of the day, an( 
not a hoard for the future. A lady who lived this wa; 
was told by someone, "That sure is an easy way fe 
live!" Her reply was, "If you think it is, try it some 
time!" 

Norman K. Elliott in HOW TO BE TH] 
LORD'S PRAYER (Fleming H. Revel 
Company) 



There are only two institutions in society that ar 
of divine origin: the home and the church. The hom 
might be likened to the foundation of a building, an( 
the church to its superstructure. If the foundation o 
a building be weak, then all of its other members wil 
be unsteady, even unsafe. 

Virginia Ely in DEDICATION SERVICE! 

FOR ALL OCCASIONS (Fleming H. Revel 

Company) 



February 13, 1965 



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Young River Caney Bible School Grows 




NICE BEGINNING. This photograph of the River 
Caney School which ivas only organised last October 1, 
by Ralph Landis, shoios the healthy groioth of the 
school. Mr. Landis reported that attendance has 
reached the 88 mark and that he expects further 
growth. 



BREATHITT COUNTIANS have for many years ob- 
served the coming and going of numerous men 
and women from Northern states, some who ravaged 
their natural resources and departed, others who 
proved to be genuine dedicated people, stayed on 
and left their mark on the hearts of the mountain 
people. 

Falling into the latter category is Ralph Landis, 
who came to Riverside Christian Training School in 
June of 1963, after resigning a well-paying account- 
ant's post with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsyl- 
vania, with 21 years of seniority. 

Mr. Landis traveled the highways and byways of 
Breathitt County, traversed the mountains, waded 
the creeks and contacted people in their home envir- 
onment. A man of great dedication, he immediately 
saw the lack of and need for Christian education and 
set about doing something to remedy the situation. 

An energetic, friendly man who projects his driving 
personality into the lives of all who meet him, Landis 
shared the joys and heartaches of people of the area 
and became one of them. 

His initial attack on the shortage of Christian edu- 
cation came in the River Caney community, where 
roads and poor communication facilities had pre- 
viously more or less isolated the residents from the 
formation of a formal Sunday school. Proof that a 
Sunday school was greatly desired by the residents 
of River Caney is evidenced by the present average 
attendance of 88 citizens of all ages. 

In addition, a boys' youth group meets each Sunday 
afternoon, with a great deal of interest being demon- 
strated. 

River Caney Sunday school will sponsor a bake sale 
during banking hours on Saturday, December 5, at 
Citizens Bank in Jackson. Cakes, cookies and candy 



will be offered to the public and proceeds will be used 
in further development of the Sunday school and 
for the purchase of literature. 

Mr. Landis is also in the process of establishing 
other Sunday schools in this area. 

Breathitt County is much better for his coming. 
{A reprijit from The Jackson Times of Jackson, Ken- 
tucky.) 



Where Do I Belong 
in the Church 



4. 
5. 



Pillars . . . worship regularly, giving time and money. 
Supporters . . . give time and money if they like 
the minister and treasurer. 

Leaners . . . use the church for funerals, baptisms, 
and marriages, but give no time or money to sup- 
port the church. 

Working Leaners . . . work, but do not give money. 
Specials . . . help and give occasionally for something 
that appeals to them. 

Annuals ... or Easter Birds . . . dress up, look 
serious, and go to church on Easter. 
Sponges . . . take all the blessings and benefits, but 
give no money to support the church. 
Tramps 
none. 



10. 
11. 

12. 



Gossips . . 
Lord Jesus 
Scrappers . 
Orphans . 



go from church to church but support 
talk freely about everyone except the 



. talk offense, criticize, and fight. 

are children sent by parents who do 
not set them an example. 

Hypocrites . . . are leaners who say they are bet- 
ter than churchgoers. 

— The Watchman E.vaminer 



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NOTES and COMMENTS 

A BREATH OF PRAYER 

by Frances Morton 

A breath of prayer in the morning 
Means a day of blessing sure; 

A breath of prayer in the evening 
Means a night of rest secure; 

A breath of prayer in our weakness 
Means a clasp of a Mighty Hand; 

A breath of prayer when we're lonely 
Means Someone to understand. 

A breath of prayer in our doubtings 
Assures us the Lord knows best. 

A breath of prayer in our sorrows 
Means comfort and peace and rest; 

A breath of prayer in rejoicing 
Gives joy and added delight. 

For they that remember God's goodness 
Go singing far into the night. 

There's never a year nor a season 
That prayer may not bless every hour, 

And never a soul need be helpless 
When linked with God's infinite power. 



-from Seek 




February 20, 1965 



The 

Procession 

of the 

Royal 

Seed 

(continued) 
Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

XYIII 



OUR LAST STATEMENT of the last .article on this 
subject was, "The tribe of Judah was forever to 
carry the royal Seed." 

Now with the next in line, there came another new 
departure with the birth of Peres, the son of Judah. 
Here was introduced the Levirate Law, that, the widow 
whose husband died without leaving a son was to be 
taken by the next eldest brother to raise up seed to 
the deceased. Jehovah had pledged the land to Abra- 
ham's seed in perpetuity. When the land was divided 
among the tribes and families by Joshua, each fam- 
ilies' inheritance must pass to the heirs. No land could 
be sold. It could only be leased for the remaining years 
until the next year of Jubilee. On the fiftieth year it 
must return to the possession of the heir. The Levirate 
Law was enacted to protect the estate of each son. 

Judah's two eldest sons had Tamar to wife and both 
died without issue. The youthful third son, Shelah, 
was also pledged to Tamar by Judah, "But when he 
was grown up, Tamar was not given to him to wife." 
When Judah's wife died and his daughter-in-law 
Tamar discovered that she was not to have Shelah, 
she invoked the Levirate Law through strategy, and 
bore a son to Judah. Peres, their son, carried the de- 
posit of the royal Seed. Matthew 1:3 bears the witness. 

A query might arise at this point as to the reason 
for all these idetails in noting the procession of the 
royal Seed. It is because they all enter into the un- 
derstanding of the prophetic story. It is noteworthy 
that at times, great detail appears in the Biblical 
record, while in others, several generations pass with 
but little more than the listing of names. The latter 
is true of the Seed line during the Egyptian bondage 
and liberation. Four names appear, Hezron, Ram, 
Amminadab and Naashon. Uneventful was their lives 
for the record, but each in his turn carried the royal 
Seed. 

Another new phase becomes apparent at about this 
time. Jehovah was always ready to meet the needs 
of every climax in the working of His plan. The Divine 
Wisdom desired a peculiar people to be His covenant 



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possession and used inbreeding for several genera- 
tions to set the characteristic of the parent stock. 
Abraham and Sarah were half brother and sister; 
Nahor, brother of Abraham wed his niece Milcah, 
daughter of Baran; they were the grandparents of 
Rebekah. Isaac was a first double cousin once removed 
from his wife, Rebekah; Jacob married his first cou- 
sins. When the concentration of blood became too 
great, outbreeding was necessary to prevent a weak- 
ening of the family strain. New blood was introduced 
for corrective measure. Two outstanding examples 
appear in the marriage of Salmon and Boaz in two 
consecutive generations. Salmon, of the Seed, married 
Rahab of Jericho, and their son Boaz took to wife Ruth 
the Moabitess through the Levirate Law of redemption. 
The son of Boaz, Obed, was father of Jesse and grand- 
father of David. Thus it is seen that the, "Man after 
God's own heart," David, was being prepared in physi- 
cal heritage by the hybridation of his antecedents. 
What greater evidence can be found of the fact that, 
the time to begin training children is with their an- 
cestors. 

There now appears a new plateau in the procession 
of the royal Seed. Jehovah's timeclock struck the 
hour for setting up the kingdom of Israel. 

How variant is the motivation of action as seen 
in the history of men. Whimsey and caprice so often 
seize control. Biblical lore examples so many who de- 
veloped a penchant for running ahead of God. Israel 
is a case in view, in relation to the kingdom. Jehovah 
had His plan and was preparing His man. Israel would 
not wait. The first king of the monarchy in God's 
economy must be of the tribe of Judah. When Judah 
was designated the Seed of the line, it was said of 
him, "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor 
the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh 
come." 

But -when Israel clamored for a king, Jehovah rec- 
ognized the free agency of the people and permitted 
them to select a man by lot. He was Saul the Ben- 
jamite and not of the tribe of the SCEPTRE. Jehovah's 
prince was then but a boy among the flocks of Jesse 
at Bethlehem. Yet, David was in preparation for the 
kingship, and Israel ran ahead of God. Jehovah said 
to Samuel of Saul the people's choice "Go and anoint 
him prince of my people Israel. He shall save my 
people out of the hands of the Philistines." Then 
Jehovah protested through Samuel that there would 
be naught but trouble because Israel had rejected 
God and demanded a king, saying, "Ye shall be con- 
sumed both ye and your king." 

What did Jehovah mean when He said, "Go and 
anoint him (Saul) prince over My people Israel"? 
The answer is in the translation. There are sixteen 
Hebrew words in the Old Testament translated prince, 
and are quite wide in the variations of meanings. 
The one used in the above quotation is, NAGID, the 
root meaning of which is, the one in front, or the 
leader. Saul was made judge and military leader of 
Israel, but never king in the royal line. 

When Jehovah's time came for the dedication of 
tlie royal prince, He said to Samuel, Fill thy horn 
luith oil, and go: I will send thee to Jesse the Beth- 
lehemite; for I have provided me a king amoiig his 
sons . . . and thou shalt anoint unto me, him lohom 
I name unto thee . . . and Samuel took the horn of 



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oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: 
and the Spirit of Jehovah came mightily upon David 
from that day forward (I Samuel 16:1, 3, 13— A.S.V.) . 
David was anointed as a young man, but Jehovah 
Icept him waiting for the throne while maturing him 
in the fires of hard experience. Then God's time ar- 
rived for the kingship. First, at the word of Jehovah 
to go up to Hebron, David went and was proclaimed 



liing over the house of Judah alone. Seven years 
later all the elders of Israel came to the king to Heb- 
ron, and David made a covenant with them in Hebron 
before the Lord. Then the northern tribes anointed 
David king aver all Israel. This was the setting up 
of the royal monarchy according to the plan of God. 
This was the origin of the house of David. 
(iVLore next week) 



BIBJIL 



Outfioolz/ 



Greetings from BEA BISCHOF — 



November 30, 1964 
Mbororo, Nigeria 

To all W.M.S. Members, 
Dear Christian Friends, 

I am grateful for this opportunity to say "thank 
you" for your faithfulness in writing to us. Your letters 
keep us up on church news, pastoral changes, etc. 

Mrs. Bowers of Nappanee and Mrs. Bates of Vinco 
asked us to send tapes of Higi singing, etc. We have 
sent it to Rev. Ingraham at the Mission Board office. 
We just sent the one tape as we do not have time to 
make more. I really think all you women would en- 
joy this tape. Bob has talked on it, and some of our 
teachers have explained the meaning of the songs they 
sing here. 

Some of you have asked that when a village first 
hears of the Lord Jesus Christ is it necessary to teach 
them how to worship? Yes, it is necessary to teach 
our Nigerian brethren how to worship. When a baby 
cries, the leader asks the mother to take the baby 
out until it stops crying and then bring it back in 
when it is quiet. However, this isn't much of a prob- 
lem because by the time the mother has walked to 
church her baby is already asleep on her back. 

When we first came to Mbororo, whenever anyone 
came to church, they would bring their load with them. 
It happens that market day is on Sunday in this area. 
So those who had produce to sell would bring maybe 
a basket full of chickens (to be sold at market) into 
the church. Sometimes we wouldn't know what was in 
the basket, land during church a hen would start 
cackling. We have told them, when worshipping God, 
all these odd noises distract from their worship. Now 
they come to church, leave their load outside, and 
then go to market. Many of our Christians don't buy 
and sell on Sunday, but many still do. As they learn 
the Scriptures they will see for themselves what is 
right and wrong. Market day is really a "get-together" 
with their friends; they do not hoe on this day, but 
some work on this day if they are a trader. There is 



a market day during the week, but it is very small 
and people cannot buy their dried fish on that day. 
So they buy the food they need on Sunday. 

One time we were distracted in the midst of a 
worship service. A pagan man came dancing into 
the church dressed in a leopard skin. Everyone just 
roared. He really put on a show. After it was over, 
when he was alone, one of our worship leaders told 
him they would rather not have him do this in church 
as this was a worship service. Not that we didn't ap- 
preciate his dance, but the church wasn't the place 
for it. When the dancer realized this, he understood. 

There are many other distractions, such as, a fight 
outside, a car arriving on the scene, or a friend goes 
by the church, sees her friend and starts greeting 
her. Then they all turn their heads and look out the 
window. 

However, once they learn how to worship I feel 
that they lare very reverent. When they come into 
the church, immediately they bow their heads in 
prayer. They especially have a sense of worship in 
their songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. They 
far surpass us in their singing. 

Another question that has been asked in your let- 
ters is how do you get across the idea that they should 
build a church in which to worship? Usually at first 
it is a small group meeting with an evangelist under 
a tree. In the rainy season they meet in someone's en- 
trance hut. Until gradually the group gets too large 
to meet in a small hut. This is when the evangelist 
suggests that they build a building for themselves to 
meet in. The village people build it. The men build 
the mud walls while the women carry water to them. 
Also, the men put on the grass roofing, and the women 
smooth the walls inside the church and make the 
seats. They are proud when they have finished and 
have a place where they can worship their God. 

Must close for now. It is a joy to answer your let- 
ters. May God bless you all. 

Sincerely, 

Bea Bischof and family 



February 20, 1965 



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Daily Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIBIE" 
Theme for February — "BY GIVING YOUR POSSESSIONS TO HIM" 



Writer for February — Miss Beverly Summy 
February 28 - March 6 — "Co-Owners with God" 



Sunday, February 28, 1965 

Read Scripture: Acts 16:12-15 

Us? Co-owners with God? How? 
These are some questions that 
might come to you when you look 
at the theme for this week of de- 
votions. Why would the great God 
of the universe consider us in His 
plans — even make us owners and 
workers with Him? Because He 
loved us and because He willed it. 

In the story of Lydia's conver- 
sion we see that it was Paul who 
spoke to her about the things of 
God, but it was the Lord who 
opened her heart so she would lis- 
ten and heed the words. 

I have known some scalp-hunt- 
ing soul-winners who count it their 
sole privilege to have brought some- 
Dne to Christ. They seem quick to 
smphasize that I brought them to 
Dhrist or / saved them or / won 
them, apparently not realizing that 
others may have had a hand in 
the process and especially God. 

No believer can draw another 
person to Christ without the Holy 
Spirit. We are co-workers with God 
md do not own this privilege by 
Durselves. God has granted us this 
tioly calling to serve with Him. 

The Day's Thought 

Lord, keep me from the pride of 

n 

Monday, March 1, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 3: 
9-23 

Wanted — A Messenger 
The Lord Christ wanted a tongue 
one day, 
To speak a message of cheer 
To a heart that was weary and 
worn and sad. 
Weighed down with a mighty 
fear. 
ae asked for mine, but, 'twas busy 

quite, 
ATith mine own affairs from morn 
till night. 



The Lord Christ wanted a hand one 
day 
To do a loving deed; 
He wanted two feet on an errand 
for Him, 
To run with gladsome speed, 
But I had need of my own that day; 
To His gentle beseeching I an- 
swered, "Nay." 

So all that day I used my tongue, 
My hands, and my feet as I 
chose; 
I said some hasty, bitter words 

That hurt one heart, God knows. 
I busied my hands with worthless 

play. 
And my willful feet went a crooked 
way. 

While the dear Lord grieved, with 

His work undone, 

For the lack of a willing heart! 

Only through men does He speak to 

men, 

Dumb must He be apart. 

I do not know, but I wish today, 

I had let the Lord Christ have His 

way. 

— Author Unknown 

The Day's Thought 

Make me a co-worker with Thee, 

O Lord. 

t» 

Tuesday, March 2, 1965 

Read Scripture: II Corinthians 6: 
11-18 

Are you a walking dead man? 
Now, seriously consider before you 
answer. A believer of Christ is to 
be a temple of the living God and 
to this we give lipservice. But often 
our actions give lie to our words 
and we become suspect. Are we 
really temples of the living God? 

Are we co-owners and co-workers 
with Him who lives and moves 
through us, or is that just a good 
theory, too often repeated to be 
meaningful? 

Once there was a priest who had 
a vision. In his vision he found 



himself in the middle of a great 
valley surrounded with mounds of 
skeleton bones. The bones were so 
old and dead that they were 
bleached white and were powdery 
dry. A voice asked him if these 
bones could ever live again and 
naturally he emphatically replied 
"No!" But the voice told the old 
priest that these bones would live, 
bring forth flesh and skin and move 
as a great army because God would 
send His Spirit into them. 

Ezekiel was given this picture of 
the restored Israel, but it is much 
like the picture of the restored be- 
hever in Christ. In God's eyes we 
must seem like dry bones, dead and 
useless, until we allow the Spirit 
to make us living temples of God. 

The Day's Thought 

Make me realize that I must be 
a living temple to be a co-owner 
with Thee, O Lord! 

Wednesday, Marcli 3, 1965 

Read Scripture: Galatians 4:1-18 

We are heirs to all the kingdoms 
of the world! The Bible says we 
are not only sons of God, but heirs 
with Christ. We know that some day 
Christ will reign over all and we will 
reign with Him. 

Paul says in our Scripture for to- 
day that it is good to be zealously 
affected always in a good thing. 
There is absolutely nothing wrong 
with being zealous — it just must be 
about the right thing and chan- 
neled in the right direction. 

We are co-owners with God and 
that means we must shoulder re- 
sponsibility for that which we will 
inherit. - ,-- -.^- 

We usually, think" of property and 
lands when we think of owning 
sonlething, but what about our per- 
sonal lives? Christian stewardship 
is the practice of Christian living. 
It is much more than the matter 
of money for the church. It is the 
daily, hourly struggle with oneself 
so that: 

Love does not become lust; right- 
eous indignation does not become 
wrath; joy does not become glut- 
tony; thrift does not become covet- 
ousness; justice does not become 
envy; tolerance does not become 
sloth; humility does not become 
pride (The Presbyterian Church in 
Canada) . 

The Day's Thought 

Make me a responsible heir to 
Thy kingdom! 



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Thursday, March 4, 1965 
Read Scripture: John 15:7-17 

Christ has called us "friends" 
and we are to follow His example 
by calling our fellow men "friends." 
We are to share God's great bless- 
ings, for greater love hath no man 
than this, that a man lay doion his 
life for his friends. We are not of- 
ten called upon to give our life for 
our friends as Jesus did, but there 
are still other ways we can show 
our love. 

The bread that bringeth strength 

I want to give, 
The water pure that bids the 

thirsty live: 
I want to help the fainting day 

by day. 
I'm sure I shall not pass again 

this way. 

I want to give the oil of joy for 

tears, 
The faith to conquer crowding 

doubts and fears. 
Beauty for ashes may I give alway. 
I'm sure I shall not pass again 

this way. 

I want to give good measure run- 
ning o'er. 

And into angry hearts I want to 
pour 

The answer soft that turneth wrath 
away. 

I'm sure I shall not pass again 
this way. 

I want to give to others hope and 
faith, 



I want to do all that the Master 

saith; 
I want to live aright from day to 

day. 
I'm sure I shall not pass again 

this way. 

— (Author Unknown 

The Day's Thought 

How much have you given for 
a friend? 

Friday, March 5, 1965 

Read Scripture: Malachi 3:10; I 
Corinthians 16:2 

The law is like a dark glass, and 
Christ came to clean that glass! 
He said He had come not to destroy 
this glass (the law) , but to fulfill 
it. That which once was dark is 
now shining and reveals true 
beauty. 

The law said you should give 
one-tenth of all you own back to 
God — Jesus said we are to give as 
we have been blessed. That might 
even mean more than one-tenth! 

I knew a farmer once who tilled 
the earth for half of its products. 
The owner took the other half, but 
when it came time to fertilize and 
plant, the farmer was required to 
provide two-thirds of the items and 
the owner only furnished one-third 
of the seeds and fertilizer. When 
repairs were needed for buildings 
and fences, the farmer usually had 
to supply these on his own. 

How often do we take from God 
in like manner? Co-owners should 



make an agreement and stand by 
that statement. God asked for a 
tithe of possession and Christ said 
we should give as we have been 
blessed and prospered. He does not 
even ask for half — only that we 
return in like measure as we have 
received. 

The Day's Thought 
Make me to be a true and faith- 
ful steward, O Lord, giving as 1 
have been given. 

Saturday, March 6, 1965 

Read Scripture: John 14:1-6 

We are co-owners with God in 
heaven as well as in the earth! 
Jesus promised us this on that last 
dark night of His betrayal. 

If we have been faithful in few 
or many things, He will be faithful 
in presenting us with our inheri- 
tance: a heavenly home, life with 
Him forever, and praise and bless- 
ing continually. Because He lives, 
we also shall live! 

God does not make empty prom- 
ises. We can be assured that a 
heavenly home and inheritance is 
waiting for each believer. He has 
not left us comfortless — He left His 
promises and the Holy Spirit. 

The Master Builder has commis- 
sioned us for His service. Can we 
produce, build and complete His 
works? 

The Day's Thought 

We thank Thee for the assurance 
of our heavenly inheritance with 
Christ our Lord. 



CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 



tm 



Mrs. Robert G. Hoisitiger 




Bible Readings from Isaiah 
Memory Scripture for the month — Isaiah 26:4 

T7-ust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah 
is everlasting strength. 

February 28 - March 6 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 58:8-11 
The Robin 

"Birdie! See Birdie," said Betsy. 

"It's a robin," said Linda looking out the window. 

"The robins are back!" declared Gary. 



"How do the birds know when to return north?' 
wondered Linda. 

"God has given each animal and each bird the abil- 
ity to know what is best for it," said Dad. "They can'1 
think about things and plan for them as we do. Thej 
just do them — instinct we call it." 

"That's a funny word," laughed Gary. "Do we have 
instinct?" 

"Yes," answered Dad. "When a baby is given a bottle 
he sucks it. He doesn't think about it. He just does 
We do some things by instinct. But we have more thar 



animals and birds. God gave us a mind to think anc 



plan and decide. Then besides that. He has promisee! 
to be with us and to guide us continually." 

"I'm glad we don't have to depend just on instinct,'! 
said Linda. I 

"Nor on our minds," added Gary. "I'm glad Got 
guides us." 

"Birdie fly away!" said Betsy. 

Prayer : 

Thank You, God, for the ability to think and to plai 
and to decide. Thank You most of all for guiding m 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



February 20, 1965 



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MONDAY, 3IABCH 1, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-4 

Shine In Darkness 

The Kellers were returning home from Grandpa's 
farm. 

"As soon as we get home," Mom said, "you chil- 
dren must hurry to bed. Tomorrow is another school 
day." 

'lAnd tomorrow night is the party," reminded Linda. 

"Look!" exclaimed Gary. "What's that near the road 
ahead?" 

"Two bright shiny things," said Linda. 

"Watch carefully," Dad told them, "and you will 
see." 

"They look like eyes," Linda said. 

"They are eyes," laughed Gary as the animal 
watched the car go by. 

"It was probably a cat," said Uncle Jim. 

"Mittens' eyes don't look like that," said Linda. 

"If you looked at Mittens' eyes in the dark they 
would," replied Uncle Jim. "The eyes of all the night 
animals shine in the dark." 

'Just the way we should," added Aunt Doris. "God 
has told us to shine for Him in the dark world." 

'How can we do that?" wondered Linda. 

'By telling those who don't know God about Him," 
continued Aunt Doris. 

"The way you and Uncle Jim will in Nigeria," de- 
clared Gary. 

'Yes," agreed Uncle Jim. "But you don't have to go 
away from home to shine for Him. There are people 
right here who need to learn of Him." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know You. Help me to 
shine for You by telling others of Your love. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3 

Good Tidings 

"Good-night. We'll be praying for you," said the 
friends as they left after the party. 

"That was a nice party," said Linda as Dad closed 
;he door. 

Yes," agreed Aunt Doris. "It was thoughtful of 
rou to 'have it for us, Alice," she told Mom. 

■Oh, Mittens has found some sandwich crumbs," 
iaid Linda. "She's helping us clean up after the party. 
She's eating them." 

'Look at Queenie," laughed Gary. "She's found one 
)f the paper napkins and is playing with it." 

"I like these napkins," said Uncle Jim looking at 
me of them. 

"Preach good tidings," Linda read from one of them. 
That's what you and Aunt Doris are going to do. 
iTou're going to preach the good news of Jesus." 

"I wish I could go with you," declared Gary. "I wish 

could help you." 
I "You can help us," Uncle Jim told him. 

'I know," said Gary. "I can pray for you and I will. 
Jut I wish I could do more." 

'Just now there are many things you need to learn," 

Jfeminded Uncle Jim. "Perhaps when you are older 

3-od will want you to come to Nigeria, but remember 

yherever you are you can tell the good news of Jesus." 



Prayer: 

Help me to learn the things I need to know, dear 
God, so I can serve You best. Help me to share the 
good news of Jesus with my friends. In His name I 
pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 61:10, 11 
Dressed-up 

"Betsy pretty!" said the little girl as she came in- 
to the living room. 

"Oh, Betsy," giggled Linda. "You've been in my 
dress-up box!" 

Betsy had on a long purple skirt, a red jacket up- 
side-down, and a big floppy hat that kept falling 
over her eyes. 

"Look at her," laughed Gary. "She really thinks 
she is pretty." 

"She's just like all of us," said Mom. 

"We don't dress like that!" declared Linda. 

"No," agreed Mom, "but our actions are something 
like clothing. When we do just what we want to do, 
we think everything is fine. Then suddenly we realize 
it isn't. When we trust God the Bible tells us He will 
clothe us with salvation and righteousness. Then we 
will really be lovely." 

"I want my actions to be that kind," said Gary. "Not 
the funny Betsy kind." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for helping me to do and to say 
the things that are good. May I always trust You to 
make me truly lovely. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 63:7-9 

Loving Kindness 

"Come, Betsy," said Linda. "See the robins. They 
are carrying little sticks into the tree." 

"Oh, they are building a nest," said Gary. "Let's 
help them." 

"How can we help them?" asked Linda. 

"We can give them things to use in their nest," 
answered Gary. He pulled some string from his pocket. 
"They will like this." 

Gary took the pieces of string outside and laid them 
on the ground. Then he came back into the house. 
While the three children watched from the window, 
the robins found the string and carried it piece by 
piece to their nest. 

"Birdies take string," laughed Betsy. 

"Here are some bits of flannel," said Mom. "They 
will make a good lining for the nest." 

Linda took the scraps of cloth outside. By the time 
she got back to the window the robins were carrying 
the flannel to their nest. 

"See," said Gary. "We did help the robins build the 
nest." 

'^And they have a better, more comfortable nest 
because of your kindness," added Mom. "That's the 
way it is with God. In His loving kindness He gives 
us many things to make our lives better and happier. 
We have to accept and use the things He gives us if 
we want them to do us any good." 

"If the robins had left the string and cloth on the 
ground," said Linda, "it wouldn't have helped their 
nest." 



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"I'll try to be like the robins," said Gary. "I'll look 
for tlie extra things God gives me and I'll use them." 
Prayer: 

Thank You for all the good things You have given 
me, dear God. Thank You for Your loving kindness. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, 3L\RCH 5, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 65:23-25 

Tlie Answer 

"Goodbye," shouted the family. "Goodbye. Goodbye." 
They watched as Aunt Doris and Uncle Jim got aboard 
the large silver plane. They waved when they saw 
them at one of the plane's windows. 

Then with a whirr of the propeller and a low hum 
the plane taxied down the runway. It lifted into the 
sky and was soon out of sight. 

"They're on their way," said Gary. "They're on 
their way to Nigeria." 

"Before they call I will answer," said Dad. 

"What?" asked Linda. 

"That's what the Bible says," answered Dad. "Doris 
and Jim are going to people who have never heard 
of God. Even before they have learned to pray, God 
is answering what would be their first prayer. He is 
sending missionaries to tell them of God." 

"I knew God heard our prayers," said Gary, "but 



I didn't know He heard them even before we prayed 

them. He truly is a great God." 

Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for hearing all my prayers. Thank 
You for answering them even before I call. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 1965 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 66:1-2; 22, 23 
God's Footstool 

"What a lovely Saturday morning!" said Linda as 
she came into the kitchen. "Where are Dad and Gary?" 

"They went out to spade the footstool," answered 
Mom. 

"Spade the footstool!" exclaimed Linda. 

"Yes," said iVIom. "The Bible says heaven is God's 
throne and the earth is His footstool." 

"Well," laughed Linda, "when I'm through eating 
I'll take Betsy out to play on the footstool." 

"Out. Bye-bye." said Betsy as she went to find hex 
sweater. 

"God is good to give us this beautiful world," said 
Linda. "If He compares it to a footstool, how wonder- 
ful heaven must be!" 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for this beautiful world. Help me 
to enjoy it and to use it as You planned. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 

"But seelf ye first the Itingdom of God, and his right- 
eousness; and all these things shall be added unto you 

(Matthew 6:33). 

AS WE LOOK AROUND in the world about us, we 
can readily conclude that most of mankind has 
this backward. For by and large most people are seek- 
ing fii'st "all these things" — food and clothing and the 
physical comforts of life — with little or no concern for 
the Kingdom of Heaven. You may be asking, "But how 
does this pertain to the Sunday school?" Let us consider. 

The Sunday school has as its task the teaching of the 
precious word of God. Its goal is the winning of souls to 
Jesus Christ and the nurturing of Christians in the grace 
and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. In other words 
it is involved in helping individuals find "the Kingdom 
of God" — the finding of which is, according to our verse, 
the thing to be of primary importance in a man's life. 
This then makes the Sunday school very important, does 
it not? But are we accustomed to attributing to the Sun- 
day school this position of importance? I think not, as a 
comparison of the Sunday school and the public school 
will readily bear out. 

The public school is in almost every way superior to 
the Sunday school. Public school teachers are well 



trained; Sunday school teachers are not, and many of 
them will not even take so much as one teacher train- 
ing course. The teaching methods and teaching aids used 
by the public schools are superior to those of the Sun- 
day school. And the level of scholarship required in the 
public school is much greater than that required in the 
Sunday school. In fact, the Sunday school seems to re- 
quire almost no scholarship on the part of its students. 
Our public schools today are producing students who are 
increasingly well educated, especially in the areas of 
matlr and science, and in other fields as well. But what 
is the Sunday school producing? Biblical ignoramuses — 
students who can't pass the simplest of Bible tests — 
young people who can't name the four gospels or who 
don't know whether any given book is in the New Testa- 
ment or the Old Testament. And one of the main rea- 
sons for this is that we have not acted as if it were im- 
portant — we have not convinced our students that there 
is any need for them to learn the truths of Scripture. 

An example will show the truth of what has been said. 
How many young people place as much importance on 
getting their Sunday school lessons prepared as they 
do on getting their public school lessons prepared. Not 
very many, for such are a "rare breed." Or what student 
if faced with a conflict between his school homework and 
his Sunday school homework will not do the former and 
neglect the latter? And why is this? Because they think 
that school work is important and that Sunday school is 
not. And I dare say most parents feel the same way. 
And yet, what does the Scripture say? What did Jesus 
say? "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." It seems to me 
we have our values reversed. The solution is for us to 
recognize the importance of the Sunday school ourselves, 
and then to begin to transmit this same truth to our 
young people. 



February 30, 1965 



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Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



PSALM TWENTY-THREE 

The Lord my Shepherd is, I'm blest: 

No want have I yet seen; 
He maketh me lie down and rest 

In pastures that are green. 

Beside still waters gentle He 

Leads on to soul's delight; 
For His namesake He leadeth me 

In pathways that are right. 

And though I walk down the vale, 
And through the shades of death. 

No evil will I fear, nor quail, 
As long as I have breath. 

For me a table Thou hast spread 

Mine enemies before; 
With oil Thou dost anoint my head; 

My chalice runneth o'er. 

For Thou art with me, Lord, Thy rod 

And staff they comfort me; 
Thou art my Shepherd, Thou my God, 

And I am safe with Thee. 

Goodness and mercy, know I well, 

Will follow me all my days. 
And in the Lord's house I will dwell 

Forever, singing praise. 

— Caleb Hauser 

THE LORD IS MY PERSONAL SHEPHERD (Psalm 
63:1; John 20:28). As my Personal Guide He 
leads me by His word (Psalm 19:7, 11). This leader- 
ship gives the needed light (Psalm 119:18, 105, 130). 
I am led by His example (Phil. 2:5; I Peter 2:21). His 
paths for me are obedience, duty, faith, and they are 
"plain" (Psalm 25:10; 27:11; 65:11). To obey Him 
is to follow Him (John 10:4). When circumstances 
seem to make the way apparent, still I need to ask 
the counsel of the Lord (Josh. 9:14). Since there are 
the deceiving spirits of evil, I need to know my Shep- 
herd's voice (I John 4:1). Haste may be a trap of 
Satan rather than a necessity of guidance (Psalm 
130:5, 6). 

Guidance may be through visions (Acts 10:3; 11:5; 
16:9) or through God-guided judgment as occasion 
demands (I Sam. 10:7). Guidance may be through 
unusual events as Saul was directed by Samuel (I 
Sam. 10:2-6). Abraham followed God through the 
trackless desert a step at a time (Heb. 11:8; Psalm 
37:23). "The stops of a good man as well as his steps 
are ordered by the Lord" (Num. 9:21, 22). God gives 
a message from the Word, and then leads us to those 
who need to hear it (Acts 8:26-29). God guides me 



through mutual agreement with another believer 
• Matt. 18:19). It is far better to make detours with 
Him than to take short-cuts without Him (Num. 14: 
40-45). Flesh and blood cannot reveal the things of 
Christ to us (Matt. 16:17). My God does not reveal to 
another His plans for my life (John 21:22). Others 
may help me but they cannot make my decisions 
(Ruth 1:15, 16). Guidance is sure for those who wait 
and pray (Psalm 130:6). 

Even the best of us need restoration from wander- 
ing (Eccl. 7:20). With such a Good Shepherd my eter- 
nity is assured (II Tim. 1:12). Let us be of Paul's 
persuasion (Rom. 8:38, 39). My Shepherd is the way 
to my Father's house (John 14:6) . My Redeemer Shep- 
herd will lead me to His Home (Eph. 2:7). 
Beneath me: green pastures; 

Beside me: still waters; 
With me: my Shepherd; 

Before me: a table; 
Around me: mine enemies; 

After me: goodness and mercy; 
Beyond me: the house of the Lord. 

— Vest Pocket Edition, 
James Smith 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



HOW DO WE FACE THE CROSS? 

He stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 
9:51). 

TN THE BIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL, "The Agony of the 

Ecstasy," Bertoldo, the master sculptor, speaks to 
the young, aspiring Michelangelo. "Dedication is ex- 
pensive," he says; "it will cost you your hfe." Michel- 
angelo, with superb insight, repUes, "What else is 
life for?" 

The New Testament gives us the story of Jesus; the 
one wholly dedicated person. Jesus declared on one 
occasion, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent 
me." Only once in human history has there been such 
a completely dedicated life. 

It was in just that spirit that Jesus made his tri- 
umphal entry into Jerusalem. He went not blindly to 
to cross, but with a full realization of the awful weight 
of sin that was rolled down upon him; the sins, not 
of himself, but of others. He faced the cross with a 
sense of obedience to what he recognized as the will 
of God, and with a dedication that shrank from no 
pain or sacrilice, he accomplished your salvation and 
mine. In real truth His dedication cost Him His life. 

Through Jesus Christ, God converted an instrument 
of torture and death, the cross, into the symbol of 
man's redemption from sin — the most sublime symbol 
of victory mankind has ever known. 

Down through the ages men have dedicated them- 
selves to the service of the cross, to the same end; 
the losing of life. But "Dedication is expensive; it 
will cost you your life."— AND WHAT ELSE IS LIFE 
FOR? 



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TIOSA TBDBiTS 







""pHE TIOSA Brethren Youth enjoyed decorating the 
1 Christmas tree after a regular meeting when we 
posed for this picture. 

Our new officers for this year are: 
Senior Youth 

■President Karen Morgan 

Secretary Jane Williams 

Treasurer Gary Weidner 

Junior Youth 

President Cinda Weidner 

Secretary Kenneth VanDuyne 

Treasurer Ronnie Riddle 

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick VanDuyne are our adult spon- 
sors. 

We have participated in church services, Christmas 
program and had a nice time Christmas caroling. We 
are working hard on studying the book of Acts. 

We meet every Sunday night and we hosted the Dis- 
trict Rally here at Tiosa. 

Our pastor, Rev. Gene Eckerly, is in the upper left 
hand corner of the picture. 



Answer to last week's 
Spotlight on Scripture . . 
ROMANS 12:1, 2 



BIBLE QUIZ HELPS 





Match the person on the left with the proper event on 
the right. 



Chapter 15 






1. James 


a. 


spoke about Simeon 


2. Simeon 


b. 


declared how God first 


3. Judas (Barsabas) 




visited the Gentiles 


4. Silas 


c. 


chosen to go to Antioch 


5. John Mark 


d. 


a chief man among the 
brethren 




e. 


went on a missionary 
journey with Barnabas 


Chapter 16 






1. Timotheus 


a. 


had a Jewish mother 


2. Man of Macedonia 




and Greek father 


3. Lydia 


b. 


was saved after an 


4. Damsel possessed by a 




earthquake 


spirit 


c. 


was healed by Paul 


5. Jailer at Philippi 


d. 


appeared in a vision to 
Paul, asking for help 




e. 


a seller of purple 


Chapter 17 






1. Jason 


a. 


woman of Athens who 


2. Epicureans and Stoicks 




followed Paul 


3. Dionysius 


b. 


a believer from Athens 


4. Damaris 


c. 


certain Greek philoso- 
phers 




d. 


kept the apostles and 
was attacked for it 



iir* 



fill the D E R B Y hat" - $10,000 



February 20, 1965 



Page Eleven 



Chapter 18 

1. Aquila 

2. Priscilla 

3. Justus 

4. Crispus 

5. Gallio 

6. Sosthenes 
T. Apollos 



Chapter 19 

1. Tyrannus 

2. Sceva 

3. Erastus 

4. Demetrius 

5. Gaius and Aristarchus 

6. Alexander 



Chapter 20 

1. Sopater, Aristarchus, 
Secundus, Gaius, Ti- 
motheus, Tychicus and 
Trophimus 

2. Eutychus 

3. Ephesian elders 
Chapter 21 

1. Philip the evangelist 

2. Agabus 

3. Mnason 



Chapter 22 

1. Gamaliel 

2. Ananias 

3. Stephen 
Chapter 23 

1. Ananias 

2. a band of 40 Jews 

3. Paul's sister's son 

4. Felix 

5. Claudius Lysias 



Chapter 24 

1. Tertullus 

2. Drusilla 

3. Procius Festus 

Chapter 25 

1. Agrippa 

2. Bernice 

3. Caesar Augustus 



a. chief ruler of the syna- 
gogue at Corinth 

b. an eloquent speaker 

c. a tentmaker 

d. deputy of Achai 

e. wife of Aquila 

f. a worshipper of God 
who lived by the syna- 
gogue 

g. chief ruler of the syna- 
gogue who was beaten 
by the Greeks 

a. a silversmith for the 
goddess, Diana 

b. a Jew put before the 
shouting mob 

c. ran a school 

d. a Jewish priest with 
seven sons 

e. companions of Paul 
who were caught by 
the mob 

f. ministered to Paul 



a. fell asleep and fell from 
a window 

b. wept when Paul de- 
parted 

c. accompanied Paul into 
Asia 

a. had four daughters who 
prophesied 

b. an old disciple of Cy- 
prus 

c. a prophet from Judaea 



a. a martyr 

b. a teacher of Paul 

c. gave back Paul's sight 

a. vowed to kill Paul 

b. discovered the plot a- 
gainst Paul and told 
him 

c. the high priest 

d. the chief captain who 
wrote to Felix about 
Paul 

e. the governor 



a. the wife of Felix 

b. an orator 

c. came to visit Felix 



a. a king who came to see 
Felix 

b. emperor to wliom Paul 
appealed 

c. wife of Agrippa 



Chapter 26 

1. Jews 

2. God 

3. Agrippa 



Chapter 27 

1. Julius 

2. ship's passengers 

3. 276 souls 



a. was almost persuaded 
to become a Christian 

b. helped Paul -in time of 
need 

c. caught Paul in the 
temple and wanted to 
kill him 



a. abstained from food for 
many days 

b. a centurion of Augus- 
tus' band 

c. number on storm-toss- 
ed ship as Paul went to 
Rome 



a. was healed of a fever 
and bloody flux by Paul 

b. showed kindness for 
shipwrecked passen- 
gers 

c. chief of the island of 
Melita 



Answers to matching quiz: Ch. 15-la, 2b, 3c, 4d, 5e; 

Ch. 16-la,2d, 3e, 4c, 5b; Ch. 17-ld, 2c, 3b, 4a; Ch. 18-lc, 
2e, 3f, 4a, 5d, 6g, 7b; Ch. 19— Ic, 2d, 3f, 4a, 5e, 6b; Ch. 20- 
Ic, 2a, 3b; Ch. 21-la, 2c, 3b; Ch. 22-lb, 2c, 3a; Ch. 23- 
Ic, 2a, 3b, 4e, 5d; Ch. 24-lb, 2a, 3c; Ch. 25-la, 2c, 3b; 
Ch. 26-lc, 2b, 3a; Ch. 27-lb, 2a, 3c; Ch. 28-lb, 2c, 3a. 



Chapter 28 

1. barbarians of Melita 

2. Publius 

3. father of Publius 




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Southeastern District 
Sunday School Institute 

Saint James Brethren Church 
Saint James, Maryland 

SATURDAY — MAY 1, 1965 
10 A.M. to 4 P.M. 

Registration — $1.00 

(includes noon meal) 



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Devotional Program for March 



SENIOR 

General Theme: 

"Building Christian Character" 

March Theme: "Faith" 



JUNIOR 

General Theme: 

"Appreciation of God's Gifts" 

March Theme: "Fish" 



Call to Worship 
Song Service 
Prayer 

Special Music 
Bible Study 

Choruses: "I Will Make You Fishers of Men" 
"Faith in God" 



Topics: 

Senior — "Faith" 

Junior — "Fish" 
Hymn: Spirit of Sisterhood 
S.M.M. Benediction 
Business 



READ THE SISTERHOOD PAGE IN THE EVANGELIST EVERY WEEK! 
SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 

GOD'S STRATEGY WITH HIS CHURCH 

by MRS. PHIL LERSCH 



JESUS CHRIST planted his church in Jerusalem. He 
had spent his life nurturing the seed of the Gospel in 
his followers. When He left this earth to return to His 
Father, He predicted the infiltration of His witness into 
the territory surrounding Jerusalem, Judea; the territory 
north of the mother church, Samaria; and even into 
the e.xtreme outpost of the earth. 

Luke told the story, in the book of Acts, of how the 
church went out, first from Jerusalem, and later from 
Antioch, to continue planting seeds of witness. Persecu- 
tion in Jerusalem drove the apostles out of their nest. 
They spread the Good News north to Samaria and An- 
tioch, south to Gaza, and west to Phoenicia and Cyprus. 
Sparked by Jesus' love for all people, these refugee 
preachers included Gentiles in their audiences and even al- 
lowed these former outcasts into the church. 

Barnabas, sent from the mother group in Jerusalem, 
decided the new church in Antioch needed a powerful 



teacher to get the congregation firmly established. So 
he recruited Saul, the disciple Jesus, himself, from heaven 
had apprehended. After Saul's teaching, the Christians 
in Antioch heard and heeded the Holy Spirit's call for 
Saul and Barnabas to leave them and continue pushing 
into the frontier with the Gospel. 

A map marking Paul's journeys points out the strategy 
God's Holy Spirit used. The first trip shows a little arc 
from the home base; the second sweeps out into a larger 
circle; and the third stretches as far as Rome. Just as 
Jesus had predicted, the disciples brought His word to 
Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of 
the world. 

On his second journey to enlarge tlie borders of the 
church, Paul, accompanied by Silas and Timothy, ran 
into a closed door. They must have wanted to extend the 
church further into Asia Minor, for the northern section 
of Bithynia was their goal. (Check a map.) But the Holy 



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spirit said, "No," and Paul listened. (How do you and 
respond to the answer no? Part of growing up is learn- 
ng to accept the no's, and wait for their alternatives.) 
Paul's directions came in Troas. A vision of a man 
a Macedonia calling for help prompted the missionaries 
move across the Aegean Sea to that territory. Look 
,t your map and you will see that Macedonia opened 
he door to a new continent for the church — Europe. 
Evidently Luke joined Paul, Silas and Timothy here for 
he pronouns in Acts 6:6-10 change from third person 
they, he) to first person (we, us). 

In Philippl (16:11-40) 

In the city of Philippl where Paul stopped first in his 
lission to Macedonia, three people entered the spotlight 
typify men and women everywhere who have become 
Ihristians. These three brought different backgrounds, 
ocial status, intellect and needs to Paul. But the Chris- 
ian Gospel, which he explained, met them where they 
:ere and changed them into useful, compassionate dis- 
iples — still differing from each other in backgrounds, 
ocial status and intellect, but united in their acceptance 
f Jesus Christ. 

1. Consider Lydia: a wealthy, intelligent Jewish 
lerchant lady who had gone to the riverside on the 
abbath to worship. She was seeking God in the place 
f prayer since Philippi, a Roman colony, had no syna- 
ogues. Listening receptively to the message Paul brought 
bout Jesus Christ, she and her household accepted the 
avior. 

Following her baptism, Lydia invited the apostles to 
er home. This act of hospitality proved her true con- 
ersion and her eagerness to continue Christian growth. 
Wth Paul and Silas in her home she would have more 
pportunities to learn about Jesus, and she could lend 
er support to their preaching mission in her city. 

God needs people like Lydia in His program — people 
f wealth, intelligence and social standing who will give 
tieir resources and intellect and position to Christ's 
lission. 

2. The slave girl who kept pestering the apostles was 
n the other end of the social ladder; the bottom rung. 
>wned by other men, probably insane, she would not 
eem to offer much for Paul to bother with. He did, 
owever; getting a jail sentence for his trouble. After 
e had cast the demon out of the girl, her masters found 
er no longer profitable, so in revenge, they had Paul 
nd Silas locked up and beaten. 

The slave girl's conversion illustrates to us the wortli 
f every man, no matter how poor, demented, or low in 
stimation of others he might be. Christ Jesus can make 
ver and use anyone who calls on Him. 

3. The jailer who locked up Paul and Silas, placing 
tiem in the stocks, was from the middle class. Neither 
ich nor poor nor of exceptional intelligence, he followed 
rders like a good soldier. He held down a respectable 
3b and cared for his family like any average citizen. 
!ut his experience with Paul and Silas changed his hfe. 
ifter seeing these missionaries beaten and thrown into 
he foul dark dungeon where they were restrained in 
ncomfortable stocks, he was astonished to hear them 
inging hymns of praise in the middle of the night. What 
n impression that made! What a witness to the peace 
nd joy Christ laad given them. 

When the eartliquake opened the doors of the prison 
hat night, the jailer was ready to kill himself; for he 
:new the punishment he would receive if his prisoners 



escaped. But Paul — more concerned about this jailer 
than his own safety, completely trusting in God's pro- 
tection — told the jailer not to be alarmed, that no 
one had escaped. This concern on top of the peace and 
joy already displayed by the apostles was too much 
for the Roman soldier. He fell to his knees and confessed 
his need of whatever it was Paul and Silas had. 

The change in the jailer after his baptism proved the 
work of God in his life. Concern for the apostles led 
him to bathe their wounds and provide them a meal. 
We don't know what happened to the jailer here on earth, 
but we do know that he is with Christ today. 

Notice liow Paul, contrary to the natural responses 
of men, reflected God's love in establishing the Philippian 
chui'ch. 

1. He sang in jail. Uncomfortable, in pain, denied his 
right to freedom, he sang praises to God. In just one of 
these unfortunate circumstances, what would be our re- 
action? 

2. He offered salvation to the one who locked him 
up. Instead of being ruled by the desire for revenge, 
he looked for an opportunity to win his enemy. 

3. He maintained his dignity. Because of his rights of 
citizensliip, he demanded an apology from the magis- 
trate. Not only was this for his personal dignity, but 
for the strength of the church he would set up in the 
city. 

Paul, prompted by the Holy Spirit, reacted to his cir- 
cumstances as God's man. And God used him to build 
a strong church in Philippi. (Read the book of Philip- 
pians.) 

In Thessalonica (17:1-9) 

In one sentence the autlior of Acts explains a journey 
of 100 miles — from Philippi to Thessalonica — and that 
wasn't by Greyhound bus, you know. As usual, Paul and 
Silas began preaching in the Jewish synagogues where 
some Jews believed. But many more Gentiles accepted 
the faith. 

Infuriated by the large following of these missionaries, 
tlie Jewish leaders hired the city's "hoods" to stage a 
small riot, even attacking the house where the apostles 
were staying. (This sounds like today's tactics of segre- 
gationists and the Klu Klux Klan.) In their angry attempt 
to drum up false charges, the rabble rousers stated to 
the civic authorities: "These are the men who have 
turned the world upside down." What a compliment! 
What a challenge today! The world needs to be turned 
upside down and only the Christian message can do it. 

Paul and Silas, realizing the danger for themselves 
and their host, left Thessalonica by night and went on 
to the next outpost. 

In Berea (17:10-15) 

A pleasant surprise awaited the missionaries in Berea, 
for there in the synagogue the audience listened eagerly 
to the message, checking out the details by studying the 
Scriptures for tliemselves. Any preacher would be de- 
lighted with this spirit in his congregation. 

But the honeymoon soon ended, for the Thessalonican 
Jews, ready to cause trouble, were hot on the trail when 
they discovered the whereabouts of the missionaries. 
So once again Paul was the fugitive, this time alone, as 
Timothy and Silas remained in Berea. 

Lonely days lay ahead for Paul— discouraging, frustrat- 
ing, depressing days. Will he come through this trial 
victorious? Next month we will study his days in Athens. 



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FULFILLING THE TIME IN FAITH 



by MRS. GENEVA BROWN 



ye of little faith! 

How many times have you said that or heard the 
statement? But do we really realize the full mean- 
ing of that wonderful old saying? 

When looking up the word "faith" in the diction- 
ary one finds the definition, complete confidence in 
God, trust in God. How many times do we as Chris- 
tians say, "I'm not going to worry about this or that, 
I'm going to leave it to God, and I won't question the 
way he works it out." Then within the hour we find 
ourselves worrying again about the same problem. If 
only we could have complete trust in our heavenly 
Father. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have faith in 
God as a girl has in her parents? Think of the trust 
our children have in us each day of their childhood. 
Why then can't we as adults give our lives completely 
to our Father in Heaven? Could it be we haven't faith, 
meekness, patience, long-suffering, grace or the 
Holy Spirit? Maybe it is this fast timetable of life 
we are living today. We just haven't time to stop 
and look to God for our strength. We seem to think, 
"I haven't got time to pray and read my Bible now, 
I'll do it later." But do we? 

So many times we seem to think it takes a tragedy 
before we ask God's help, where as we should ask 
Him to help us with every decision we make every 
day of our life. 

1 wonder how much we would grow spiritually if 
as we got out of bed every morning for one month 
we would ask God "what should I wear today?" Fol- 
lowing with "what should I cook today?" What I'm 
trying to point out is, what would happen to our lives 
if we would ask God's help for the smallest of things 
we do. The everyday decisions we make I'm sure could 
and would improve our lives if only we would ask for 
His help. 

As school children and members of the Sisterhood, 
how many of you ask God to help you in your school 
work, in your social life, and in your selection of 
friends? As parents how many of us so-called Christian 
parents impress on our children the need of prayer in 
these very important decisions? I'm afraid too many 
of us neglect this act of faith. But Where could our 
children use faith more than in their school day? 

Where are we as church, parents, school, and com- 
munity failing our young people, that too many times 
we hear of their young lives in such messes. Could it 
be we aren't teaching enough about faith and prayer? 
Could it be we as adults aren't setting an example in 
faith for our children? 

When we accept Christ as our Savior and become 
Christians, that is when faith begins. From then on 
the people we come in contact with will be looking 
at us, watching us to see just how much God has lifted 



us up. It is important to our witnessing to the unsavc 
to not falter in our faith but be steadfast. When v 
aren't growing in faith then there is something wror 
with our Christian life. We must pray and study tl 
Bible daily to grow in faith and grace. 

We find in Romans 1:17, For therein is the righteou. 
ness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it 
written, The just shall live by faith. Then let us e: 
amine our lives and our churches. Do we live by fait 
in everything we do? Do our young people see fail 
at work through us? Paul tells us to be content ha^ 
ing food and raiment. I believe we each should have 
goal in our -life, this gives our lives a purpose. Bi 
we must continuously remember unless our goal h; 
a spiritual benefit, the purpose of our goal is useles 
The Christian is merely a steward of the wealth whic 
he possesses. Contentment is found only in Fait 
(I Timothy 6:6, But godliness with contentment 
great gain.) When each of us attain faith in oi 
lives we will find contentment. 

When witnessing to the unsaved or the new Christia 
it is important to stress the need of faith. For wi1 
faith comes love, patience, meekness, righteousne 
and above all godliness. 

Just having a vague idea of what we are to do, do 
not lead to a lively Christian witness. We keep tl 
faith by living it as a daily program of necessity, 
makes no difference if you are a student, a workii 
person or housewife, we each can be a witness f' 
Christ each day of our lives. 

How is your witnessing at sporting events? Do yoi 
actions always become that of a Christian? I'm su: 
all of us have seen professing Christians make a spei 
tacle of themselves at sporting events, whereas th 
could be a wonderful chance to show our Christia 
faith. Have you ever had a person sitting around yc 
that curses the referee everytime a bad call is ma( 
against their team? Wonder what would happen 
we would turn to them and ask them if they knc 
Christ as their Savior? I'm sure the question wou 
shock most profanity users. Then there is a cham 
you may get a sock in the eye. But maybe if we hi 
to fight more for our faith we would love it more ar 
realize what a precious thing this salvation is. R' 
member all Christians are to live exemplary liv 
before the world! I believe young people today ha' 
a hard time living a Christian life for I feel the: 
are many more temptations within their reach toda 
This makes Christian witnessing even more of a cha 
lenge. Consistency in Christian living will always 1 
opposed by the world. But we are told in the Bib 
that the word of truth must be consistently pn 
claimed, when it is convenient and when it is n 
convenient. We are to be faithful to our calling, wil 



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ing to suffer if need be, but always doing our best, 
using what ever talent we may have for the Lord. 
When applying the above to our lives we are sure to 
grow in faith. Regardless of what comes in life, the 
Christian is to keep the faith! Acts 26:18, To open their 
eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and 
from the power of Satan unto God, that they may re- 
ceive forgiveness of sin, and inheritance among them 
which are sanctified by faith that is in me. 

Christians can not keep the faith if they aren't 
equipped with the word of God. As we become Chris- 
tians we are to study the Scriptures which were given 
by God, so we may know the doctrine and instruc- 



tion in righteousness. If we don't study the Holy Scrip- 
tures we cannot see the rebuke in our lives, but as 
we open God's word and study it, it reveals the de- 
linquencies, weaknesses, and failings of our lives. 
To serve Christ and the church we are to strive to 
live perfect lives before Him. What better goal could 
we have in hfe than the following Scripture? 

II Timothy 4:7-8, / have fought a good fight, I have 
finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth 
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, ivhich 
the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that 
day: and not to me only, hut unto all them also that 
love his appearing. 



JUNIOR BIBLE STUDY 

GUIDE FOR DAILY LIVING 

C Romans 12:68) 



by MRS. MILTON BOWMAN 



["N JANUARY we learned that we are all a part of 
the body of Christ. It is composed of limbs and organs, 
md each part has a work to perform. God has no other 
leople but us to tell the world about Him. We are really 
leeded if others are to know of His great love and care, 
["here are many things that we can do for God each day. 

This month we will study the kinds of work that God 
expects us to do for Him. Many talents have been given 
o each one of us, and God would hke to have them used 
n His service. According to the Philhps translation of 
lomans 12:6a, we read, Tlirough the grace of God we 
lave different gifts. It would be good for us to find out 
vhat grace means in this verse. The dictionary says 
hat grace is unmerited favor; good will or kindness. 
Jod's grace is unearned love; a free gift or divine favor. 

I am sure you girls know that God does not have to 
;ive us these many gifts or talents. But when He made 
tiankind in the beginning, God had a purpose in this 
reation. Colossians 1:16 says, All things were created 
ly him, and for him. He not only made us but we are 
or His pleasure and glory. We bring happiness to Him 
/hen we worship Him and serve Him using the gifts that 
le has given us. God made human beings on a higher 
;vel than the animals. He placed within their bodies a 
ving soul with the capacity to worship, love or hate. 
LUd then, because of His love for mankind, God gave 
3 each person one or more gifts with which to worship 
lim. In this way we can show our love for God by sing- 
ig, playing instruments, speaking to others, praying for 
aem and working for God. The important thing is to 
ealize that we have a gift and then to use it, not just 
jr the school and the community, but for the Lord and 
le church. Let us consider the seven gifts that Paul 
;lls us about in Romans 12:6-8. 
Preaching (witnessing) 

Verse 6 says. If our gift is preaching, let us preach 
) the limit of our vision (Phillips). This word preach- 



ing could mean, for us, witnessing or telling others about 
Christ. After we know Him, it is our joy and duty to 
tell our loved ones and playmates about Him. Many of 
them we can bring to Sunday school, and later to know 
Christ as their personal Savior. 

A missionary doctor in a hospital in China operated 
on a man who was blind with cataracts. The man was 
cured of his blindness. A few weeks later the man came 
back to the hospital, bringing forty-eight blind men 
from the towns around him. Each one of the blind men 
held on to a rope and walked behind the man who had 
been cured. In a chain they had walked over two hun- 
dred miles to the doctor. Nearly all of them were cured 
of their blindness. 

The first blind man came to the doctor, put his trust 
in him, and received his sight. Then he went out and 
led others to him. Since Jesus has saved you, have you 
led anyone else to Him? You can if you will! 
2. Serving Others 

Verse 7 says, If our gift is serving others let us con- 
centrate on our service (Phillips). This verse means 
that if we have a chance to serve or help others, we 
should get busy and do it. In fact, we should be looking 
for something to do for someone every day. How about 
the new girl who just moved into town, the one who 
is sick and needs company, and the one who has so many 
problems? Perhaps she is just waiting for a friend to 
help her. 

Some strangers were going to meet Lord Shaftsbury 
in London at a railroad station. They asked, "How shall 
we know him?" The answer was, "When you see a tall 
man getting off the train and helping somebody, that 
will be Lord Shaftsbury!" The train was met. A tall 
man got off the car carrying his own suitcase in one 
hand. In the other hand he was carrying three bundles 
for a little old woman walking at his side. Would you 
be known for your helpfulness to others? 



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3. Teaching (guiding) 

Verse 7 also says, If our gift is teaching let us give 
all we have to our teaching (Phillips). The dictionary 
tells us that teaching means — to guide by example; to 
show how; or to instruct. Each one of us has an in- 
fluence over someone, either for good or for bad. 

A minister was nailing up a trailing vine in his garden. 
A little girl was watching with great interest. "Well, 
my young friend," asked the minister, "are you trying to 
learn how to garden?" "No, sir," said the girl, "I am 
just waiting to see what you will say when you hammer 
your thumb." 

All around us there are people who are watching us. 
They are waiting to see what we will do. They are 
watching to see how we live. They are listening to hear 
what we say. We can really teach them God's way of 
life by our actions as well as our words. 

4. Encouragement of Others 

Verse 8 says. If our gift be the stimulating of the 
faith of others let us set ourselves to it (Phillips). To 
stimulate means to arouse; to encourage; to increase 
action or to quicken. Because we know what God has 
done for us, we can encourage those who are downhearted 
and blue. Perhaps your friend has quit coming to church 
and is slipping in her Christian life. She needs your help! 
Once there was a little girl named Mary. She was 
a Christian. She was always gentle, kind and good. Mary 
became siok and went home to be with Jesus. On her 
tombstone they wrote the words "It was easy to be 
good when Mary was with us!" I wonder if it is easy 
for others to be good while you are with them? Do you 
help and encourage them to be like Jesus? 

5. Giving (tithing) 

Verse 8 also says, Let the one who is called to give, 
give freely (will all your heart) (Phillips). The work 
of the Lord always needs money, and God expects His 
people to provide it. You girls may not have very much 
money to handle right now. Before long you will have, 
and then you must decide what you will do with it. God 



tells us to put aside on the first day of the week a po 
tion of what we have earned to be used for His wo: 
in the world. This is called a tithe, and many peop 
find it a good system to help them give regularly. I starti 
when I was your age and earned money for baby-sittin 
running errands, doing housework, etc. I had a little b( 
called "The Lord's Treasury," and put ten cents o 
of every dollar in it for God. As I grew older and tl 
money grew larger, too, I always had money for Siste 
hood, Sunday school, church, etc. I found a real ji 
and thrill in giving. Follow this plan and you will, tc 
I am sure. 

6. Leadership (responsibility) 

Verse 8 says. If you are a leader, exert yourself 
lead (New English translation). When responsibility 
given to us to do something, we should take it and i 
the job well. Someone must have thought that you cou 
lead or they would not have asked you to do it. To exe 
yourself means ACTION; so get busy early, plan a goi 
program and ask others to help. Never wait until the la 
minute to "throw together" a program and expect it 
be a success. Real leadership takes effort and work b 
it is well worth while. 

7. Sympathy (showing mercy) 

Verse 8 also says. If you are helping others in di 
tress, do it cheerfully (New English translation). Tod; 
there are so many sad things happening in the wor] 
Many people need the comfort and love of a friend. The 
troubles seem less when shared with a friend. Aiwa, 
be ready and willing to help someone in need. This 
pleasing to our Heavenly Father. 

Let us remember these seven gifts that Paul has su 
gested as useful and necessary in the Christian life, 
we use them daily, they will bring happiness and ji 
to us and our friends. Ralph Waldo Emerson has summi 
it up very well when he said, "The more of our liv 
we give to others, the fuller and the richer, the mo 
beautiful and the happier our own lives become." 



TOPIC: 



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FISH" 

by MISS LOIS STALEY 



HAVE YOU ever stopped to think that God has 
created about forty thousand different kinds of 
fish that we are now able to identify and classify? This 
number accounts for twice as many different kinds of 
fish than there are birds, mammals, amphibians (land 
and water dwellers) , or reptiles. 

One of the most amazing things about this crea- 
tion, to me at least, is that forty thousand different 
kinds have been created! Most of us humans would 
probably have stopped with a dozen kinds, but not 
God! 

To each species of fish God gave its unique eating 
habits, its own environment — best suited to its growth. 



its own coloring to preserve it from its enemies, ar 
its own system of reproducing young. 

He created fishes from one-fourth to one-third 
an inch long, for example the Pandaka pygmaea, 
giant whale sharks, some of which have measurf 
seventy feet in length and weigh nearly sevent; 
four tons. 

If you have watched an aquarium, you may hai 
become keenly aware of the brilliant and beautif 
colorings of the various fishes. In some fishes tl 
colors become more dazzling during the mating ses 
son, while in other seasons they may take the shaj 



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Df lines, circles, bars, strealis, spots, blotches, or rings 
around the fish's body. 

Certain color cells of the flsh are able to expand 
and contract, like an accordian. Once a fish sights 
danger, he is able to expand or contract these cells 
and produce a different color pattern. In many fishes 
this brings about an almost perfect camouflage from 
his enemy species. 

Fish have also been endowed with other abilities 
for their defense. Some flsh are able to sting their 
assailants and give off a venom which is as poisonous 
as any poisonous snake. One of the best known of 
these is the stingray. These fish hide themselves par- 
tially, by digging into the soft bottom of a shallow 
beach, river mouth, or bay. If they are stepped upon 
by some unsuspecting swimmer or fisherman, they im- 
mediately retaliate by driving their poisonous venom 
into the victim. 

Various groups of fishes are able to produce their 
own cold light, or, as we say, glow in the dark. Special 
glands in the flsh or sometimes scales are light pro- 
ducers. In the back of these cells which react as re- 
flectors to increase this glowing. Scientists don't fully 
understand the purpose of these lights, but they are 
used to attract small animals for food and as a signal 
to the opposite sex in the darkness of the great depths 
where some of the flsh live. 

People generally think of a sea or lake as being 
a silent place, but they couldn't be more wrong. The 
living areas of several species of fishes soon takes 
on the sounds and noises of a barnyard. Sounds made 
by fishes may be of a groaning, squealing, squawking, 
barking, or grunting nature. Their sounds have various 
pitches, as do ours. The methods of sound production 
vary. Sometimes throat teeth are grated together to 
produce a grunt. Fin spines may be rotated, or gas 
from an air bladder may be forced back and forth 
past membranes that vibrate, much as in our own 
voice-box. Croaker and drum fish produce drum rolls 
that sound like the muffled noise of an electric drill 
on a pavement. These are by far the noisiest flsh that 
we know. 

The sight of the flsh has been planned as for most 
other vertebrates. There is one flsh, however, that 
differs greatly. The four-eyed flsh, or Anableps, has 
the iris of each eye divided into two parts. The upper 
part of the eye is adapted to see only in air while 
the lower eye is constructed to see objects under water. 
The lens of this eye is oval-shaped and rests at ex- 
actly the right angle for bringing the light rays from 
both places into focus. Because this fish doesn't have 
eyelids to keep the eye moistened when exposed to air, 
it solves its problem by dipping them in the water 
every few minutes. 

The mouths of various species take on different 
shapes — some may jut downward, forward, or even 
upward. Some of these mouths enclose chisel-like teeth 
and sharp canines, while others are toothless. Vege- 



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table eating flshes have cup-shaped tips on slender 
tubes which they use as teeth. 

Marine life is good not only as a food source, but for 
other reasons. Fish meal, a by-product, once used for 
fertilizer now supplies animals with large amounts 
of protein. Fish oils have been used to treat leather 
and to manufacture soap, paint, printing ink, lino- 
leum, oilcloth, lubricants, greases, etc. Fish oils are 
also high in vitamin A and D and are therefore put 
into tiny capsules and used as a source of these vita- 
mins. 

Fishing has long been part of the human economy, 
dating beyond Christ's time. 

Probably because flsh were such a commonplace item 
in the lives of the men with whom Jesus lived, they 
flgured in some of His most well-known miracles. Most 
of us will think immediately of the little boy with his 
lunch of two loaves and five flshes that multiplied 
under the hands of Christ until it was more than 
enough for feeding Ave thousand men — strong people, 
with big appetites. Others may remember the mir- 
acle recorded in John 21 where seven of the disciples 
had flshed all night long and caught nothing. In the 
morning Christ asked them about their catch and 
after hearing about their ill-fortune commanded them 
to let down their nets once more on the right side 
of the ship. Upon doing this they were greatly amazed 
— they couldn't draw the net because of the num- 
ber of flsh they had caught. 

The fish was once a most sacred symbol in the early 
church. The Greek word for fish, ichtus, begins with 
the first letters of Jesus Christ, their Savior and 
ours. Many simple line drawings of fish may be seen 
etched into the walls of the catacombs, the early meet- 
ing places of Christians. 

Jesus when speaking to two fishermen, Peter and 
Andrew, gave them this command in Mark 1:17: Come 
ye after me, and I loill make you to become fishers 
of men. 

Jesus' command is not only for Peter and Andrew, 
but for everyone who claims to be a Christian. He 
has given us a relatively easy job — we'll deal with 
one species — man — and one at a time (not with forty 
thousand species, as in schools of fishes). This isn't 
nearly so hard as fishing for a certain kind of fish. 
We'll not need any tools except those that He has 
given us, our hearts to love the other man's soul, our 
eyes to see how and when we can best help him, our 
hands to aid him, and our voices to tell him of Christ 
and sing His praises. God has not only given us our 
tools but also our Teacher, Counselor, Helper, and 
Friend, Christ. 

With our equipment at hand, and a field already 
"white unto harvest," ought we not to be about our 
Father's business, ought we not be venturing in faith 
and faithfully fulfilling the time by saving men and 
women from eternal separation from God???? 

Let's go fishing— for SOULS! 



1964-65 Theme 



Ephesians 5:15-20 



"FULFILLING THE TIME" 



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Signal Lights for March 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 



Bible Theme: "STORIES JESUS TOLD" 
Project: A TRACTOR FOR EDEN 



Call to Worship: 

Sing and pray to God on high; 

We shall see Him by and by. 

For His Word we know is true. 

He will come for each of you. 
Smg : 

"My Bible and I" 

"Every Promise in the Book is 
Mine" 

"My Savior's Love" 
Bible Story: 
THE WHEAT AND THE WEEDS 

One day when Jesus was teach- 
ing the people, He told them this 
story: 

The Kingdom of Heaven is like 
a man who sowed good seed in his 
field. In the night-time his enemy 
came and sowed weeds among the 
wheat, and went away again. 

Of course, when the wheat grew 
up the weeds grew up too. The 
man's servants came to him and 
said, "Sir, didn't you sow good seed 
in your field? Then why is it full 
of weeds?" 

The man said, "An enemy has 
done this." 

"Shall we go and pull up the 
weeds?" asked the servants. 

The master said, "No, there would 
be too much danger of rooting up 
the wheat at the same time. Let 
them both grow together 'till the 
harvest time, and then I will give 
orders to the reapers to gather up 
the weeds and burn them, and to 
put the wheat into my barn." 

Afterwards, when Jesus went into 
the house where He was staying, 
the disciples asked Him to explain 
the story to them. He told them, 
"I am the one who sows good seed. 
The field is the world; the good 
seed are the good people; and the 
weeds are the wicked people. The 
enemy that sowed them is the 
devil; the harvest is the end of the 
world; and the reapers are the 
angels. 

"As the weeds are gathered up 
and burned with fire, so shall it 



be in the end of the world. I will 
send my angels, and they will gath- 
er out of my Kingdom all the 
wicked people and cast them away. 
But the good people shall shine 
forth as the sun in the Kingdom 
of their Father." 

Each day we should try to do the 
things that Jesus would want us to 
do. Then we are getting ready to 
live in His Kingdom. 

— Based on Matthew 13:24- 
30; 36-43 
Hymn of the Month: 

"Near to the Heart of God" 
There is a place of quiet rest. 
Near to the heart of God, 
A place where sin cannot molest. 
Near to the heart of God. 

Chorus: 
O Jesus, blest Redeemer, 
Sent from the heart of God, 
Hold us, who wait before Thee, 
Near to the heart of God. 

There is a place of comfort sweet. 
Near to the heart of God, 
A place where we our Savior meet, 
Near to the heart of God. 

This month we are going to learn 
a prayer hymn. Listen while I read 
the words to you. (Then explain 
difficult words and phrases such as: 
heart of God, molest, blest. Re- 
deemer.) Let's listen to the music 
again. Follow the words with your 
eyes and see how well they fit with 
the music. Now, let's sing the hymn 
together. 
Mission Story: 

THE FENCE POST BIBLE 

"What's that light?" asked Maria. 

Mama looked out the window. "It 
seems to be a little window in one 
of the concrete fence posts across 
the street," she said. 

"That's the building you said is a 
church. Isn't it?" asked Maria. 

Mama nodded. 

"I wonder why they have a win- 



dow in a fence post," said the little 
girl. 

"There are many different things 
in this new neighborhood," said 
Mama. "Tomorrow we'll take a walk 
and look at that fence post with 
a window." 

The next morning as soon as 
Maria was up she asked, "Will we 
go now? Will we go to see the 
window in the fence post?" 

"As soon as we get the dishes 
washed we will go," Mama said. 

Before long Maria and Mama 
started for their walk. They walked 
to the corner. They crossed the 
street. Then they walked to the 
fence post with a window in it. 

Mama looked in the window. "It's 
a book," she said. She read some 
of it. Then she said, "It's a Bible." 

"Let me see," said Maria. "I want 
to see the Bible." 

Mama lifted her up. There inside 
the concrete fence post on a little 
shelf was a Bible. It was the first 
Bible Maria had ever seen. "Read 
me what it says. Mama." 

"For God so loved the world that 
he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life," read Mama. 

Maria and Mama are just two of 
the many people who stop every day 
to read the Bible in the fence post 
at the Brethren Church in Buenos 
Aires, Argentina. Every day there 
is a new page for them to read. 

This is just one way our mission- 
aries in Argentina are helping the 
people to learn of God. 

We can help them, too. We can 
help them by praying for them. We 
can help them by bringing our 
offering to help buy a tractor for 
the Eden Bible School. 
Friendship Circle of Prayer: 

Let us thank God for our Bible. 
Let us thank Him for our parents 
who read it to us. 

Let us ask Him to show us ways 



February 20, 1965 

we can share the news of Jesus 

with others. 

A Spanish Song: 
The people of Argentina speak 

the Spanish language. They sing 

many of the same songs we do. 

Here is the way "Jesus Loves Me" 

sounds in Spanish: 

Si, Cristo me a-ma, 
Si, Cristo me a-ma, 
Si, Cristo me a-ma, 
La Biblia me di-ce. 

Business: 

1. Roll Call. Tell what you did 
without this month. 



2. Talk about our project. 

3. A birthday to remember: 
Barbara Bischof will be nine 
years old on April 22. 

Handioork: 

A Scrapbook 

You will need two pieces of card- 
board approximately nine by twelve 
inches, unlined notebook filler, two 
brass fasteners, pictures from Sun- 
day school papers or religious calen- 
dars, and paste. 

This will be a scrapbook for the 
children at the hospital. 



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Have one of the older Signal 
Lights print on the cover, "A Scrap- 
book for you from the Signal Lights 
of the Brethren Church." The other 
children can cut out the pictures. 
If you have a page of jokes or rid- 
dles you might like to include them. 

Paste the pictures on the note- 
book filler. Then fasten them in- 
side the cover with the brass fas- 
teners. 

Appoint a committee to go with 
you to deliver the scrapbook to the 
hospital. 
Signal Lights Benediction: 




The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



Program for March, 1965 

Topic: 

IT TAKES COURAGE 



Scripture Beading: Luke 6:20-38 
Introduction: 

The Christian life requires and demands courage if it 
is to be lived like it should be. St. Paul says in Hebrews 
13:6, We may boldly say. The Lord is my helper, and 
I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Paul went 
through unbelievable peril and hardship to witness for 
the Master. 
Some Examples of Christian Courage. 

1. Paul's testimony of Christian courage (11 Corin- 
thians 11:32-38). 

2. Stephen — the first Christian martyr. 

The seventh chapter of Acts gives account of the 
masterful discourse of Stephen just before he was stoned 
to death; closing with the words found in Acts 7:54-60. 

3. Peter preached to the multitude. Note these words, 
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, 
that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have 
crucified, both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). Also lead 
Acts 2:37-43; Acts 3:14, 15). 

4. Courage was needed by Joshua. 

God told Moses that he should not go into the prom- 
ised land, but he sent Joshua. And Moses called unto Josh- 
ua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong 



and of a good courage: for thou must go with this peo- 
ple unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their 
fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit 
it. And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he 
will be uith thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake 
thee: fear not, neither be dismayed (Deut. 31:7, 8). 

5. Courage enjoined on Samson (Judges 16:28). 
Courage enjoined on Daniel. The conspiracy against 

Daniel was complete when Darius signed the decree 
that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man 
for thirty days, save of thee, O King, he shall be cast into 
the den of lions (Dan. 6:7b). What did Daniel do then 
(Dan. 6:10)? The answer (Dan. 6:23). 

6. Courage required in the face of spiritual enemies 
(Acts 5:29). 

Courage is required when we know that our brother 
has something against us (an ill feeling or some other 
thing) which we think and know about, and yet, he 
has made no effort to reconcile the difference. It is, then, 
our duty to go to that brother and make an attempt at 
reconcihation (Matt. 5:21-26). 

7. Be strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10-20). 
Summarize briefly) Courage will not be lacking if we 

take the advice of St. Paul given in Hebrews. 



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Boys' Brotherhood S+udy Article — 

Let's Talk About 

THE BRETHREN MINISTRY 

for 

BOYS' BROTHERHOOD 

by REV. THOMAS A. SCHULTZ 



T ONCE READ an article about young people entitled, 
-'■ "Toasting Marshmallows While tlie World Burns." 
Do you think this is a fair statement regarding the 
attitude of Christian young people today? There is 
no question that the world is in a desperate situation. 
Perhaps you have heard "world situation" until you're 
tired, tired, tired. Yet, every intelligent young person 
must be concerned about the many problems confront- 
ing humanity. This is a world of confusion, revolt, 
uncertainty. New governments are coming into being 
almost daily. There are wars and rumors of wars. 
This is a time when men are doing big things and 
even in the midst of the doing, they question the pur- 
pose of it. 

Ours is a time in which science has made un- 
dreamed-of advances. Yes, this is the space age. The 
world is in such rapid change that it leaves us breath- 
less. Here are our questions: What is the attitude of 
the Christian young person at such a time and in 
such an hour? How will we invest our lives during 
such a critical period of history? To what use will we 
put the talents which God has given us? 

Let us consider the ministry, and let us be quite 
honest and absolutely frank in our statements. Is the 
ministry vital? Our answer is found in the midst of 
life itself. The basic conflict of the twentieth century 
is one of ideas and ideals. The Christian ministry 
offers the privilege of dealing with ideas and ideals 
incarnate in people. 

Let us begin with your picture of the minister. Let's 
play the old word-association game. Close your eyes 
and picture a clergyman. You are that clergyman. 
What is he like? What does he do? Can young people 
come to him for a personal visit? Is this man in- 
volved with the problems of our day? 

May I attempt to answer some questions which 
linger in your mind? You are asking, what about the 
minister, himself? Are you still laboring under the 
old idea that a minister is a solemn pallid individual, 
dressed in black, clutching a black umbrella, mak- 
ing somber pastoral calls in the afternoon? Do you 
think of the minister as the man who preaches on 
Sunday, conducts an occasional midweek service, pre- 
sides at a few weddings and funerals, and then retires 
to his house to be unseen and unheard until the next 
Sunday appears? To be frank, there never was such 



a person. This concept of a minister is one which has 
grown in the imagination of a few people who have 
not really known the church and ministry. 

If you have any doubts as to who the minister is, 
read some of the stories of early circuit riders. Here 
were men who possessed all the courage and man- 
liness that could be expected of any red-blooded, 
vigorous, young American. The average life span of 
the early circuit rider was between twenty-five and 
thirty years. They literally burned themselves out in 
labors in behalf of Jesus Christ. 

The minister in mid-twentieth century is not a re- 
cluse, neither is he a man dabbling in nonessential 
activities. The modern minister is a man who comes 
to grips with life. He witnesses for Jesus Christ to 
men and women of our day. He must bring the re- 
demptive message of our Christian gospel to bear upon 
all the problems confronting human beings. 

What of a call? As in a call to any vocation, God 
calls in many ways, in fact, he gives as many calls 
as there are people who will answer the call. To some 
it may be dramatic and instantaneous. For others, 
it may be a gradual process which started in early 
childhood. The call may also involve a complete re- 
thinking of future plans. God usually calls in line 
with the talents he has given us. If we have special 
abilities, God calls forth those abilities. 

If you seek an area of service which is in the midst 
of real living, the ministry is such service. Let us 
keep in mind that the minister is not in service simply 
because he wants to be in the midst of things, nor to 
receive personal glory. Let us be unmistakably clear, 
the minister is one who in his innermost being feels 
that God has called him. 

A great need for this day is dedication. Our Savior 
said, "Whoever would save his life will lose it, and 
whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." This 
is exactly as the ministry ought to be — losing one's 
life in the redemptive cause of the Christian gospel. 

Now you are asking: "How do I know that the call 
is for me?" Put yourself in position so you can hear 
the call. Through daily prayer and Bible study, God 
speaks to us. His presence is felt in the various ser- 
vices of the church: worship, BYC functions, com- 
munity, and social-service projects of the church. 
When we are in such an environment, the call can 
be heard in a clearer fashion. 



February 20, 1965 



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Have a long talk with your pastor. As a matter of 
fact, get to know your pastor. You may find that this 
is going to be one of the great surprises of your life. 
Maybe you have thought him rather cool and indif- 
ferent. You may find that beneath a rather dignified 
exterior is a warm friendly individual, eager to get 
to know you and eager to help you with decisions 
for the future. 

Talk with a wise counselor in your church, per- 
haps a church-school teacher, possibly a professional 
guidance counselor who has his membership in your 
local church. Discuss freely the whole matter of your 
talents, your interest, your aptitudes. 

I know your next question: What about the matter 
of education? Yes, what about it? In this world of 
ours, we need young people with keen minds and well 
trained minds. Every phase of living today calls for 
competent people; competently trained to do a com- 
petent job. Is our church asking for any less? In- 
deed, the church is asking for more. Let me empha- 
size, the ministry is no place for the lazy person, and 
the ministry is certainly not the place for the lazy 
intellectual. 

Following high-school graduation you look forward 
to four years of college with study toward the B.A. 
degree. The best college training for the future min- 
ister is a broad liberal arts education. There should 
be the study of English with stress on literature, com- 
position, speech, and related studies. History is an 
essential area including ancient, modern, European, 
and American. 

There should be philosophy which would include 
the history of philosophy and the content and method 
in philosophy. There must be natural sciences, prefer- 
ably physics, chemistry, and biology. The social sci- 
ences include psychology, sociology, economics, politi- 
cal science and education. In college, one should have 
at least one foreign language, preferably Latin, Greek, 
Hebrew, German or French. A student should have 
courses in Bible to give a knowledge of the content 
□f the Bible and an understanding of basic religious 
thought. 

Following college the young minister-to-be enters 
seminary. The three years in seminary are thrilling! 
Here, the ministerial student comes to grips with the 
deepest elements in the Christian faith and in Chris- 
tian living. 

The studies in Ashland seminary include Bible, 

hurch history, theology. Christian ethics, missions. 

Christian education, practical theology (preaching, 

pastoral and administrative work) . Upon graduation 

you receive the B.D. degree. 

What of the spiritual preparation involved? One 
Df the tremendous needs of this day is for young 
people who are completely committed to Jesus Christ. 
We need young people with keen minds! We must 
have young people who have warm hearts and souls 
aflame with the love of God. What about your home? 
Have you talked this matter through with Mom and 
Dad? 

Bishop Voigt tells of a Catholic church which had 
a mural over the door. The scene was that of a family 
seated around the table of prayer. Over the family 
were the words of the prayer, "O Lord we thank thee 
for the blessed privilege of giving a son to the priest- 
lood." Is this the spirit in your home? 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 
DERBY. KANSAS 

THE LAYMEN met for the last meeting of the year 
on December 19, 1964, at the home of Mr. Paul Winter, 
our president. After a short but very inspiring lesson 
we sacked treats for the young people. 

We are pursuing the securing of road signs for 
the church, which will be placed on K-15 north and 
south of Derby and also one east of the city, directing 
people to the Brethren Church. 

After a very fine Christmas program the Laymen 
distributed approximately 50 treats to the children 
and young people of the church. 

We are in hopes of having our new church building 
under construction in the very near future. 

Joe E. Delcamp 



DAYTON. OHIO 

GREETINGS to the readers of The Brethren Evan- 
gelist from the Laymen of the Hillcrest Brethren 
Church in Dayton, Ohio. 

With so many active Brethren here in southwestern 
Ohio we never lack for talent and inspiration in our 
meetings. For instance, in our December meeting we 
had a Negro spiritual solo, "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," 
by Reverend Berkshire; also a discussion by Dr. John 
Lindower regarding the relation of the medical doctor 
to religious activities. There were 22 present for the 
December meeting. 

At the November meeting two short movies were 
shown depicting conditions and life in Nigeria and 
Argentina, where we carry on world mission work. 
Rev. Berkshire, having visited these countries, gave 
some personal observations which were very en- 
lightening. 

Our new president, Perry Deeter, is doing a very 
good job. He follows Dave Brandenburg, who was our 
president for many years. We hope to prosper under 
the leadership of Perry as we did under Dave's. 

Our laymen try to give as much financial support 
as possible to such projects as Lost Creek, Massillon 
Mission Church, Camp Bethany, and the Ministerial 
Student Aid Fund. 

We have been happy to have Chaplain E. J. Beekley 
as a member of our organization. Chaplain Beekley 
was stationed in Turkey on his last overseas assign- 
ment. He is now at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 
here in Dayton. In one of our meetings he showed 
colored slides of the Holy Land and of the Dead Sea 
Scrolls and the caves where they were found. The 
pictures and his comments proved to be very inter- 
esting. 

We have our meetings on Monday nights, and 
they consist of devotions, business, the program fea- 
ture, and occasionally a bit of basketball, shuffle 
board and darts. This is followed by refreshments and 
discussion around the table. 

John Snively 

Rolla Stokes, Secretary 



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HIGILAND: a new day dawns 

by KERMON THOMASON 



THE HIGI PEOPLE round Kamale call their sacred 
mountain '^Chirgi." Chirgi and his nearby wife- 
peak, Hum-ta-male (wife of mountain), have a host 
of grotesque children, lesser peaks that dot the land- 
scape. 

For ages this imposing pillar, straddled on the coun- 
try's border, has seen an ever-changing pageant of 
man's life upon the earth. In the later eighteen hun- 
dreds, down the valleys of Mandara, came the con- 
queror, Haman Yaji, with his soldiers, seeking slaves. 
There these hordes of howling heathen hounded out 
the Higi people, sent them fleeing to the hillsides for 
their very lives. Those they caught they took to Haman. 
Some were killed and some made eunuchs. Others 
faced a fate more cruel: for the round walls of his 
compound, Haman Yaji had his prisoners stand in 
circles, while his masons molded walls of living men. 
All that showed were pleading faces when the walls 
had been plastered. Lingering death was what awaited 
subjects of this cruel jest. 

Long the people had to suffer at the hands of these 
harsh scourges, until today it is no small wonder some 
still fear their fellowman. Many live on rocky hill- 
sides, where the caves still offer refuge. 

So it was to such a people, sunk in fear and super- 
stition, that the Brethren sought to minister. 



Until 1951 the beautiful homeland of the Higi wa 
closed to foreign penetration. No white men wer 
allowed to venture there because the territory wa 
declared "unsettled" by the Nigerian government. Th 
Church of the Brethren mission, which already ha( 
thriving stations at nearby Lassa and G-ulak, hai 
for sometime been cultivating a small influence i: 
Higiland by sending in native Christians to live amoni 
its people. But a full-fledged mission station in Higi 
land had been in hopefully advanced plans since 1941 
The Catholics also eager to proselytize the Higi al 
ready had a staton at Bazza, near the southern bound 
of the forbidden territory. 

The fields had long since ripened into harvest whej 
the government finally "opened" the territory in 1951 
and it was not the laborers but rather the funds tha 
were too few. Eager to witness in Higiland, but strain 
ing to find the wherewithal to maintain their alread; 
ambitious Nigerian program, the Church of the Breth 
ren asked its sister church, the 'Brethren, if she wouli 
like to join in a cooperative endeavor to witness i] 
this virgin land, so long prostrated by wars, slave 
raiding, and superstition, and now so open to oppor 
tunty. 

The magnificent challenge afforded by the invita 
tion was taken up with great eagerness and enthusiasn 




'J^e ^cAcA.o^i' 



U™., 



February 30, 1965 



'T^^ S^tt^^A 



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by our brothers at Ashland. Funds and missionaries 
were soon available. In 1952, a Brethren couple, Bob 
and Bea Bischof, were consecrated at Richmond, and 
soon were working in Nigeria. At first the Bischofs 
were assigned to work out of Lassa and Gulak, while 
a home could be built for them in Higiland. It was de- 
cided to locate this new station at a place now called 
Mbororo, which is in central Higiland. 

In 1P57 the station at Mbororo was ready for oc- 
cupancy. Located in the valley of Futa Dou, Mbororo 
is perhaps the most beautiful station in the mission. 
Towering stone-clad hills, including Kamale, eight 
miles away, surround it, except toward the northwest, 
where the Yedseram river plain spreads to the far 
western horizon. Seen from the hilltops, Mbororo 
somewhat resembles an Australian sheep ranch with 
its scrub dotted plains and scattered buildings. But a 
closer look shows that the scattered buildings include 
two residences with the usual accompanying out- 
buildings spawned by varied missionary responsibili- 
ties, a dispensary, several school buildings, a church, 
and the compounds of the teachers and other villagers. 

Life at Mbororo is full of activity. Each month. Bob 
Bischof is busy visiting surrounding villages where 
evangelistic work is carried on by sixty native helpers. 
There are sixty-five preaching points in Higiland. 
Working closely with Bob is Daniel, an energetic Higi 
who, in 1963, was the first of his tribe to be ordained. 
Daniel is a product of the mission leprosarium at 
Garkida, where he got his spiritual training and was 
restored to health. With special shoes for his crippled 
feet, Daniel is able to move around normally now and 
carries heavy responsibilities, for all five of the or- 
ganized churches in Higiland consider him their ad- 
viser and co-worker. In the last week of each month, 
Daniel and Bob meet with church committees and 
evangelists to check on progress and plan for future 
activities. In the last church year, eight hundred Higi 
were baptized, accounting for just less than half of 
the total baptisms of the whole mission for that year. 
The Higi, being mostly pagan, form a receptive group 
to Christian evangelism. Because of their mountainous 
environment, they more or less escaped the influence 
of Islam, which swept over much of the northern part 
of Nigeria. 



Busy Bea heads the dispenary work and directs the 
girls' youth organization and the women's work of 
the church. She also conducts a women's school two 
months each year during the dry season, when farm 
work does not distract her students. The women who 
attend are trained in reading, writing, and cooking. 

Higiland is not the only area in the mission where 
the Brethren and Church of the Brethren are work- 
ing side by side. At the Hillcrest School for missionary 
children, in Jos, Glen Shank serves as chaplain, and 
he and his wife, Jean, are dormitory houseparents. 
Prior to this service they did station work at Wandali 
and Marama and taught at Waka Teacher Training 
College. Four other Brethren missionaries* have given 
service as teachers, nurses, and station workers. The 
Brethren Church has helped to build the Waka Chapel, 
the largest building in the mission, and has aided the 
building program for Hillcrest School and the Theo- 
logical College of Northern Nigeria at Bukuru. 

This spirit of cooperative endeavor between the 
two churches flows silently along, attracting little no- 
tice from the Nigerians. In the mission there are no 
distinctions drawn between Brethren and Church 
of the Brethren. To the Nigerian, we are simply "C.B. 
M.," and the abbreviated appellation has been so long 
in use that the denomination connotation is seldom 
summoned to the Nigerian mind. 

In Africa, the ageless land of contrasts, where more 
history has been forgotten than America ever expe- 
rienced, where a new day is dawning and a new order 
being established, a new spirit of Christian brotherhood 
seems not entirely out of keeping with the times. So 
in the shadow of that timeless tower, Kamale, a new 
day is dawning for the Higi, and through our ministry 
to them, through love-compelled service for our Ni- 
gerian brothers, we have perhaps ourselves discovered 
afresh the true meaning of that word brothers. 

—MESSENGER 

Church of the Brethren 
* Miss Veda Liskey 
Mrs. Janet King Fox 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kraft 
Since the writing of this article, Mr. and Mrs. Harold 
Bowers have arrived in the fleld and are teaching at 
Waka Teacher Training College. 



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February 27. 1965 




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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "If Christians Would Unite" 3 

The Hymn School: 

"In Heavenly Love Abiding" 4 

Daily Devotions — March 7-13 5 

Children's Devotions — March 7-13 6 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 8 

Sisterhood 9 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 9 

The Brethren Layman 

(Boys' Brotherhood Program for March) ... 10 
"John 13 — The Pedilavium" 

by Dr. Joseph R. Shultz 12 

"The Seed Becomes the House of David" 

by Rev. Albert T. Ronk 16 

Woman's Missionary Society 19 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 

OUR FACES ARE RED 

(or maybe purple) 

YOUR EDITOR really erred in choosing the 
color for the third issue (February 20) of 
The Brethren Evangelist. The color should be 
green but it is purple! 

Ladies: when you pick up your W.M.S. issue 
to take to your W.M.S. meeting, be sure it is 
dated February 13! Remember that there are 
two issues in purple for the month of February! 

Sisterhood Girls: don't waste your time hunt- 
ing for a green magazine to take to your meet- 
ing, look for the purple issue dated February 20! 

Laymen: you are involved, too. Be sure to 
take the purple issue dated February 20! 

Your Editor is very sorry for this error and 
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A NEW SERIES BEGINNING 

TN THIS ISSUE of the magazine you will find 
■*■ on page 12 an article entitled: "John 13 — The 
Pedilavium" written by Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, 
Dean of the Ashland Theological Seminary. This 
article on feetwashing is the first of a series 
on Bible doctrine in which the Brethren believe. 

Next month, the article will be entitled "The 
Love Feast" by Rev. Charles Lowmaster, pastor 
of the Second Brethren Church of Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania. 

Be sure to read these articles, you will ap- 
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the 

editor's 

editorial 



If Ghnstians 
Would lAnite! 



JN THE EVANGELICAL PRESS news service 
which comes to the Editor's desk each week, 
the following item was found which certainly tells 
the Christian something. We Christians are so 
busy with our own self-centered interests that we 
fail to unite our forces for greater problems that 
face the world today. The news item is as follows : 

"STATION'S LIQUOR COMMERCIALS 
DROPPED AS CLERGY PROTESTS 

"Westbrook, Maine (EP) — Strong protests by 
the Westbrook Ministerial Association have led 
radio station WJAB to discontinue carrying com- 
mercials advertising hard liquor. The commercials 
were on the air for a week. 

Liquor commercials were approved by the 
Maine State Liquor Commission and station of- 
ficials had agreed that they would be aired only 
while teenagers were at school. 

"The Rev. Gordon Bourne, pastor of the First 
Baptist Church and association president, said 
members were especially concerned because the 
station is widely listened to by young people. — 
2/8/65." 

This news item points up two facts, namely: 

(1) that if Christian peoples would unite to fight 
the evil of our day, something could be done; 

(2) it is because we Christians become complacent 
about the evil around us that there is so much 
of it. 

We have liquor today because Christians in the 
early thirties did not vote for prohibition, they 
voted instead for the man who brought the saloons 
back to the American people. 

I can remember hearing a Christian man saying 
that he might as well vote for it, it's coming any- 
way! What an attitude for a Christian to take, 
and yet many of us have this attitude relative to 
much of the evil around us. "Why get involved?" 
we ask. "When we know we can do little toward 
reform." This is the easy way out. 



Many Christian people have the feeling that 
the community Ministerial Association has the 
responsibility of fighting these evils, which is true 
to a certain extent. However, many pastors be- 
come involved with these campaigns against evil 
without the support of his people — they refuse 
to stand behind him in any action he wishes to 
take against liquor traffic, for instance, in the 
community. 

You've heard people say, "but it's none of my 
business whether a man drinks or not, that's his 
business." But it is our business! Our taxes have 
gone up because of liquor; our hospital insurance 
has gone up; our automobile insurance has gone 
up; our life insurance has gone up. There are 
more mental hospitals and hospitals for "cures" 
for the alcoholic which we support than ever be- 
fore in our nation's history. The increase in the 
number of alcoholics produced each year is alarm- 
ing, yet we refuse to do anything about it. There 
is more drinking among our teenagers than ever 
before. There are more homes broken because of 
liquor than ever before. Crime is on the increase 
across our nation and most of it can directly or 
indirectly be attributed to alcohol. All this does 
become our business whether we like it or not! 
When an intoxicated man, while driving his car, 
runs into my auto and injures members of my 
family, then it very definitely becomes a part of 
my business; I then want to do something about 
it but it's too late. 

The Ministerial Association of Westbrook, 
Maine, is to be commended upon the stand which 
it took. It did some good, the radio station lis- 
tened and did away with the liquor advertising. 
More of us Brethren need to become involved in 
the fight against this sin that has plagued us. Let 
us give encouragement to our pastors when they 
are faced with taking a stand against evil in our 
communities, they should not have to stand alone ! 
S.G. 



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THE 
HYMN 
SCHOOL 



by Jean Lersch 



Hymn of the Month: 



In Heavenly Love Abiding 

Anna L. Waring ^ Mehdy ty Hans L Hasslor 

Harm. Johann Sebastian Bach 




In heav<zn-Ly lov« a - bid - ing No change my 
Whcr-cv-cr h<2 may guid<z mc. No wont shall 
<3rc«n vas-iuvcs are be -'fore me. Which vet 1 




^^" =t:F* TZf- 
heari slioUfean And safe Is such con -fid- Inq, For 
turn me bockj Mv Shep-herd is be-sLieme, And 
have not seen; Bright skies will soon be o'er me.wherc 




noth -ing chanc)-es here. The storm may roar wlth- 
noth-ing can* 1 lack. His wis-dom cv - er 
dark- est clouds have been. Mv hope I can -not 




out 



mc, My heart may Low be laid, £ul ©odis 
wak - eth,His siciht Is" nev-er dim.Hc knowsthc 
njieos^- ure, Mv path to life is free; My Sav-iour 




round a - bout mc. And can t be dis-maved^ 
way he tak-eth. And I will walk with 'him 
has mv trcas-ure. And he will walk with mc. 




THE DAST MISSIONARY COUPLE sponsored by 
the China Inland Mission to escape from behind 
the Bamboo Curtain told their story in the book, 
"Green Leaf in Drought Time." Although they and 
their little daughter suffered no torture or actual 
imprisonment, they spent two years cut off from 



their own people. Their work was gradually reduced 
until they were allowed to do no preaching or medical 
work. Then their salary began to be delayed until they 
were forced to live in poverty. Often medicines were 
not available to them when needed. Little by little 
the Communists tried to wear down their morale and 
respect among the Chinese people. 

During these trying times, alone, without enough 
fuel, hardly any food on hand, the little daughter gave 
the couple a lift one day. As they were trying to pre- 
pare some sort of meal from flour on their stove, with 
fuel made of sheep dung, suddenly the little girl 
began singing Anna Waring's hymn, "In Heavenly 
Love Abiding." She sang through the first verse per- 
fectly oblivious to her parents' attention. 

It is in settings such as this one that the hymn 
for February becomes truly meaningful. For us to sit 
in our heated churches after enjoying nutritious food 
in our homes, it is almost hypocritical to sing these 
words. But when we hear the testimonies of these 
missionary heroes of our own day who are facing 
danger, torture, and even death abiding in God's 
love, we are stirred. 

Think of the missionaries to the Auca Indians in 
Ecuador who gladly gave their lives, preaching the 
message of this hymn by the way they sacrificed 
themselves. Call to mind the accounts we have heard 
of missionaries in the Congo like Dr. Carlson, Irene 
Ferrel, and Ruth Hege (described in David Cook's Sun- 
day Digest January 24) and others whose names we 
do not know. Think of them and then ponder the 
words of this hymn: 

In heavenly love abiding, No change my heart 
shall fear; 

And safe is such confiding. For nothing changes 
here. 

The storm may roar without me, My heart may 
low be laid, 

But God is round about me — And can I be dis- 
mayed? 

Anna Waring, the author of the hymn was born a 
Quaker in Wales. She later joined the Church of Eng- 
land. Desiring to read the original Old Testament, 
she studied Hebrew until she could read the Hebrew 
Psalter daily. We can easily detect the influence of 
the Psalms in the hymn we study this month. God's 
constant care and guidance shine from this little 
gem of a hymn. 

In February as we have observed love among us 
human beings, let us consider the depth of God's love 
as we sing. And then, let us remember the depths 
of the love of those missionaries who have faced 
danger to follow God's commandment of love. Let us 
pray for our own missionaries and others in troubled 
areas tliat they will experience the confidence and 
peace expressed like this: 

My hope I cannot measure. 
My path to life is free; 
My Saviour has my treasure, 
And He will walk with me. 

Cuts furnished by 
COOPERATIVE RECREATION SERVICE, INC. 



February 27, 1965 



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Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIJME" 
Theme for March — "BY HIS SPIRIT DWELLING IN YOU" 

Uiiler lor Maicli — Dr. Harukl Bariictt 
March 7-13 — "Spiritual Fulness" 



Sunday, March 7, 1965 

Read Scripture: Romans 8:6 

A. W. Tozer wrote in 1961: "The 
world is evil, the times are wax- 
ing late, and the glory of the Lord 
has departed from the Church as 
the fiery cloud once lifted from the 
door of the Temple in the sight of 
Ezekiel the prophet." We may or 
may not be in complete agreement 
with that statement, but surely we 
all agree that we are living in a 
time of crisis which applies to the 
moral and spiritual as well as to 
the economic and political. We who 
are Christians must be filling our 
God-given time to the fullest in 
doing His work in the proclamation 
of the Gospel, in faithful obedience 
to His Word, and in continually 
surrendering in complete submis- 
sion to the will and purpose of 
God's Spirit dwelling within us. 

To be living and thinking on 
the carnal or fleshly level is death, 
now and in the future. But to be 
living and thinking on the spir- 
itual level of God is life and peace 
now and forever. 

The Day's Thought 
Only the things of the spiritual 
are ultimately of any value and of 
any reality. 

Monday, March 8, 1965 

Read Scripture: Psalms 23:5 

When a person is truly born a- 
gain he is filled with the Spirit 
of God. The Spirit must woo and 
invite the sinner to come to Je- 
sus when the Gospel is preached. 
He must enter in and work the 
grace of regeneration within the 
life and soul of the believer. He 
comes as a person and He comes 
whole — not one-half or one-fourth 
or in any fraction of His Being. 
In the Scriptures oil was often 
used as a s3rmbol of the presence 
of God's Holy Spirit. This beautiful 
symbol was followed in the anoint- 
ing of the kings of Israel. We 



Christians, who have God's Spirit 
within, have truly been anointed 
with the oil of the Spirit. How- 
ever, not just our heads, but all 
of us. "My cup runneth over" re- 
fers to the fullness and abundance 
of the presence of the Holy Spirit. 
He completely satisfies when we 
completely yield and surrender to 
the invitation of the Spirit to 
"come." 

The Day's Thought 
God must have all of us or none 
at all. 

Tuesday, March 9, 1965 

Read Scripture: John 15:11 

Joy implies a terrific happiness 
over something. It refers to an in- 
tense feeling of well-being. It in- 
cludes thrilling excitement! When 
God's Holy Spirit really dwells 
within us we experience these feel- 
ings. However, full joy comes from 
full salvation which takes place 
with full surrender to and accep- 
tance of Jesus Christ as Savior. 
Salvation does not come with par- 
tial surrender to nor partial ac- 
ceptance of Jesus Christ. Full joy, 
deep and abiding, comes with the 
advent of the Spirit into our hearts 
and lives. 

But the very nature of this joy 
constrains us to give and share 
it with others. This good news 
makes us run on winged feet spir- 
itually and physically to those sit- 
ting in sin's darkness and death's 
shadow! We with full joy want 
others to have full joy also because 
it is God-given! 

The Day's Thought 
The "joys" of the "spirit of the 
world" are false and fleeting, but 
the full joy of Holy Ghost- wrought 
salvation abides forever! 

Wednesday, March 10, 1965 

Read Scripture: Ephesians 3:9 

When the Spirit of God dwells 
within He leads us to know more 



Our writer lor tlie month of March 
is Dr. Harold Barnett, President of 
the Riverside Christian Training 
School In Lost Creek, Kentucky. He 
is also pastor of the Lost Creek, 
Haddix and Rowdy Brethren Church- 
es. 

Dr. Barnett is a graduate of Ash- 
land College and Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary. He received his Doctor 
of Philosophy degree from the Uni- 
versity of Pittsbm-g. 

Dr. Barnett and his wife, Doris, 
and children live in the parsonage 
of the Lost Creek Brethren Church 
located on the campus of the school. 

We are happy to have him as our 
writer for this month. 

of the love of God in Christ Jesus. 
The Spirit does not work apart 
from the finished work of God in 
Christ. "Only the Spirit of the Holy 
One can impart to the human spir- 
it the knowledge of the holy." Love 
sent and brought Christ to the 
cross for us. Love was the reason 
the Holy Ghost came into the 
world at Pentecost and into our 
hearts when we confessed and re- 
pented of sin and believed on Je- 
sus. Because of this we can read 
A. B. Simpson's wonderful words 
which follow, and rejoice because 
we personally know they are true: 
"I take salvation full and free, 
Through Him who gave His life for 

me. 
He undertakes my all to be. 
I take — ^He undertakes. 

I take the promised Holy Ghost, 
I take the power of Pentecost, 
To fill me to the uttermost. 
I take — He undertakes." 
The Day's Thought 
The love, knowledge and fulness 
of God are ours through His Spirit. 

Thursday, March 11, 1965 

Read Scripture: Ephesians 5:18 

At Pentecost we remember that 
some thought the Disciples of 
Christ were drinking intoxicating 
beverages because they were acting 
so strangely under the influence 
of the Holy Ghost! Today if we 
are truly filled with the Spirit the 
world of the unregenerates will 
surely think we are "strange." 
They cannot understand why we 
act, live and talk as we do. Praise 
God for that blessed difference! 
We are "peculiar" for God's sake 
and ours. We are saved, alive, joy- 
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we HAVE to be different from the 
unsaved, dead, guilt-ridden crea- 
tures with the nature of Satan. 
Spirit-filled love sends us forth to 
witness to the lost but, praise God, 
we have something different from 
what they have to offer them! 

Being under the influence of the 
"spirits" of this evil world system 
leads to excesses of fleshly sins, but 
being filled with the Holy Spirit 
means we go on from glory to glo- 
ry with our God! 

The Day's Thought 

I will be controlled by the Holy 
Spirit and not by the "spirit of the 
world." 

Friday, March 12, 1965 

Read Scripture: Colossians 1:9 

Biederwolf points out that 52 
designations are ascribed to the 
Holy Spirit in the entire Word of 
God. Of these, at least seven re- 
late to His work of teaching: spirit 
of wisdom, understanding, counsel 
and might, knowledge and fear of 



Jehovah, truth, Paraclete, and wis- 
dom and revelation. The Spirit con- 
vinces us of sin, righteousness and 
judgment. He illumines our hearts 
and minds and leads us in our 
quest for truth which centers in 
God. All truth is God's truth. Sci- 
entific and scholarly men can only 
follow in and trace the footprints 
of God. He has made all things 
and people and in, through, and 
by Him all things consist! 

The Scripture says the man who 
holds there is no God is a fool — 
devoid of good judgment. How 
puny it is when men think they 
know anything apart from what 
God has given to them to know! 
The Day's Thought 

When one is filled with the Spir- 
it he knows more than all godless 
men and women put together. 

Saturday, March 13, 1965 

Read Scripture: I John 3:24 

We know we are God's people be- 
cause His Holy Spirit dwells with- 



in us! "His Spirit beareth witness 
with our spirit . . ." That Spirit 
which dwells within cries, "Abba, 
Father." When we ,have passed 
from death to life and the life- 
working Spirit dwells within WE 
SURELY KNOW IT! There is no 
doubt about it! We must believe, 
receive, accept and count it as 
done. If we draw back God can 
have no pleasure in us. If we don't 
KNOW we have God's Spirit we had 
better get on our knees until we 
do know! This is too important to 
guess about. 

When the Spirit dwells within us 
fully, others are going to know, too. 
If they don't, then something is 
radically wrong. If the Spirit is 
present we will obey God's com- 
mandments given in His Word as 
interpreted to us by His Spirit. We 
WILL be the "light" and "salt" of 
society. 

The Day's Thought 

"Let the beauty of Jesus be 
SEEN in me." 



CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



Bible Keaaings troni fi.t. i^uive 

Memory Scripture for the month — Luke 19:10 

For the Son of man is cojne to seek cmd to save that 
lohich loas lost. 

March 7-13 



SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 1:76-80 

Growing 

"Come, Betsy," called Linda. "I'll help you put on 
your hat and coat. It's time to go to church." 

"Betsy can," said the little one taking her coat 
from Linda. "Betsy put on coat." 

She put her left arm in the right coat sleeve. Then 
she tried to get the other sleeve around to her right 
arm. 

"Betsy big girl," she said. 

"Betsy funny girl," laughed Linda. "You have the 
wrong arm in that sleeve." 

"Oh," said Betsy. "Linda help." 

"You are getting to be a big girl," said Linda as 
she helped Betsy with her coat and hat. "You are 



growing every day. Going to church helps you to grow, 
too. It helps you learn more about God. Then you 
grow, as the Bible says John did, in spirit." 

"Betsy big girl. Betsy go to church," she said as 
she ran with Linda to the car. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I am growing as I should. 
Help me to eat good food and to do the things that 
will help me to grow properly. Help me to study the 
Bible with my family and at church so I will grow 
in spirit, too. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, MARCH 8, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 2:41-52 

Growing In Favor 

"Hi, Mom," said Gary as he came in the door. 

'^Hello," answered Mom. "You're later than usual. 
Did you have to stay after school to finish some of 
your work?" 

"Not today," laughed Gary. "I saw Mrs. Wilson go- 
ing home with a big bag of groceries. I carried it 
for her." 

"That was thoughtful of you," smiled Mom. 

"It was easy for me to carry the groceries," said 
Gary. "It was hard for her, though, because she has 
to walk with that cane." 

"Linda told Betsy yesterday she was growing in 
spirit," Mom said. "When you do kind, thoughtful 
things for others you're growing another way. You're 
growing as Jesus did, in favor with God and man. 
I know both God and Mrs. Wilson were pleased v/ith 
your helpfulness." 

"It's fun helping others," said Gary. "Besides, Mrs. 
Wilson gave me one of her good sugar cookies." 



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"An extra reward for your thoughtfulness," laughed 
Mom. 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for my hands and my feet. 
May I use them to help others. Show me ways to be 
kind and thoughtful every day. Help me to grow in 
favor with You and with others. In Jesus' name I 
pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 3:15, 16, 21, 22 

Beloved Children 

"Gary. Linda," called Dad when he came home from 
work. "I have some seeds to plant in the garden. Will 
you help me, please?" 

"Oh, yes," said Linda. 

"Sure, Dad," agreed Gary. 

"Betsy help," laughed the little one. 

"Yes, you can help, too," smiled Daddy as they 
walked to the garden. 

"Here is a package of carrot seeds," said Dad to 
Gary. "I would like for you to sow them in this row 
I've marked across this end of the garden." 

"Good! I like carrots," said Gary as he went to work. 

"Here on the other side, Linda," Dad said, "I want 
you to sow this lettuce seed." 

"We'll have good salads this spring," said Linda as 
she, too, set to work. 

"Betsy help! Betsy plant seeds," laughed the tiny 
girl. 

"Oh, Betsy," said Daddy turning around, "I didn't 
want all the radish seeds in one hole!" 

Some time later the three children and Daddy went 
back to the house. 

"How's the garden coming?" asked Mom. 

"Pine," answered Dad. "I'm pleased with the way 
the children follow directions and do what I want 
them to do." 

Not only are our parents happy when we do what 
we should but God is, too. In our hearts we will hear 
Him saying as He said to Jesus, "You are my beloved 
child. I am well pleased." 
Prayer: 

Help me, dear God, to try harder every day to do 
the things I should. Show me the things that are 
pleasing to You and to my parents. In Jesus' name 
I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 4:16-22 

Scripture Fulfilled 

"I wish I had lived in Bible times," said Gary. "It 
would have been interesting to see how God made 
His promises come true." 

"Oh, yes," agreed Linda, "and to hear the stories 
Jesus told!" 

"Story! Story!" said Betsy as she climbed onto 
Daddy's lap. 

"It's true," nodded Daddy, "that it would have been 

interesting to have lived when Jesus was on earth. 

; But this is an interesting time, too. God is still making 

His promises come true. Can you think of some that 

are coming true now?" 

"Well," answered Linda, "He said we would always 
have seedtime and harvest. This is seedtime again." 



"And He said all people would hear of Him," added 
Gary. "Missionaries are going to new areas all the 
time. Airplanes and radios are taking the missionaries 
and their voices farther than ever before." 

"Jesus told us He is coming again," reminded Dad. 
"He told us to watch for the signs of His coming. 
Scripture is being fulfilled today just as it was the 
day Jesus sat in the church and taught. Many times 
we are like the people who heard Him. We wonder 
if it's really true. Scripture is being fulfilled everyday. 
If you look for it you will be surprised at what you 
hear and see." 
Prayer: 

I'm glad I know Your promises are true, dear God. 
Help me to see and to understand the ways You are 
fulfilling them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 5:1-11 
Try Again 

"I can't find my skates," said Linda. 

"Did you look in the basement?" asked Mom. 

"Yes," answered Linda. 

"Did you look on the shelf by the furnace?" sug- 
gested Mom. 

"I'll look again," replied Linda as she went down- 
stairs. 

Soon she returned carrying two pairs of skates. 
"They were there on the shelf," she laughed, "just 
waiting for me to find them. Here are Gary's skates, 
too." 

Many times we miss the good things God has for 
us because we do not try again. Peter, even though 
he had fished all night, tried again when Jesus told 
him to let down the net. 

When your parents suggest you do something over 
or when you know God wants you to try again, do 
you do it? Don't miss the gaod things God has for 
you just because you won't try again! 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for helping me in the things I 
have to do. May I be willing to try again even when 
I think I've done my best before. In Jesus' name I 
pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 5:12-16 

And He Prayed 

"My bed feels good," said Gary. 

"Did you have your prayer?" asked Mom when she 
came to turn out Gary's light. 

"Not tonight. I'm too tired," answered Gary. "Be- 
sides why do I have to pray every night when I've 
tried to do what God wants me to do all day?" 

"Prayer is talking with God," said Mom. "He likes 
for us to visit with Him." 

"He knows I've tried to do what I should today," 
said Gary. 

"Have you done better than Jesus?" asked Mom. 

"Oh, no," answered Gary. "I couldn't. Jesus did 
all things right. He's God's Son." 

"Yet Jesus talked with God," reminded Mom. "On 
His busiest days the Bible tells us He went to pray. 
Times when we know He was very tired He prayed." 

"I know I need to pray," said Gary. "If it was good 
for Jesus to pray, I know it's good for me." 



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Gary got out of bed and knelt beside it. 

A little later he called, "Mom, my bed feels even 
better now that I've prayed!" 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I can always talk with You. 
Help me to remember that even when I'm busy or 
very tired I need to pray. In Jesus' name I come. 
Amen. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 5:18-26 
Well Again 

It was a rainy day. Gary telephoned to Steve. Linda 
called Judy. Their friends came over to play. 

"Let's play hospital," said Gary. "I'll be the doctor 
and Linda can be the nurse. Steve, you and Judy be 
the sick people." 

Judy stretched out on the floor. Linda covered 
her with a blanket. Steve laid down, too. Linda cov- 
ered him with another blanket. 

"Calling Dr. Keller. Calling Dr. Keller," said Linda. 
"Come to room 104." 



Gary came in and pretended to listen to Steve's 
heartbeat. He looked in his throat and felt his fore- 
head. Then he checked Judy. 

"Give them this medicine, Nurse," he said handing 
Linda two pieces of candy. 

A few minutes later Mom looked in the room. The 
four children were playing a game. "My," she said, 
"your patients got well fast, Dr. Keller." 

"Wouldn't it be great if we did get well that fast 
when we were sick," laughed Judy. 

"I know a man who was made well just by his Doc- 
tor speaking to him," said Gary. 

"No doctor could do that," declared Steve. 

"Jesus could!" replied Gary. 

"Jesus can do anything," agreed Steve. "I like the 
Bible stories that tell of His miracles." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know You can heal the 
sick. Thank You for the doctors and nurses who help 
sick people. Guide them that they will give the proper 
medicine and treatment. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



GUIDE US, HOLY SPIRIT 

O Spirit, pure and holy, 

Be in our midst today; 
In supplication lowly 

We kneel Thy grace to pray. 
Remove the sins that pain us. 

Our thoughtlessness and pride, 
And in Thy love constrain us 

To follow Thee, our Guide. 

In every weak endeavor 

Help us to follow Thee; 
We know that Thou forever 

Our Guide and Stay wilt be; 
And though at times we falter, 

And even if we fall. 
Thy love will never alter 

If on Thy name we call. 

We feel Thy wings caressing 

Around the House of Prayer; 
Oh, give Thy gracious blessing 

In which we all may share; 
All wandering thoughts repressing. 

Control and sanctify, 
That we may feel the blessing 

Thou bringest from on high. 

— ^Pixie Leonard Wheeler 

THE COMFORTER was promised by the Savior 
to His disciples (John 14:15-17). Jesus foretold 
that the Spirit would indwell the bodies of believers 
(John 7:37-39). This promise was fulfilled in John 



20:19-22. And then on Pentecost the Spirit conferred 
the soul winning power promised in Luke 24:49 and 
Acts 1:8. Not to have the Spirit of Christ is not to be 
a Christian (Rom. 8:9). The believer's body is the 
Spirit's temple (I Cor. 6:19). The dwelling place ol 
the Spirit of God is sacred (I Cor. 3:16, 17). God in- 
dwells His people (II Cor. 6:16). 

Christ is preparing the church as His body (Heb 
12:22, 23) of which He is the Head (Eph. 1:22, 23) . The 
saved are baptized by the Spirit into this body (I Cor, 
12:12-14). In addition to being born of the Spirit 
(John 3:5) one needs to be filled with the Spirit foi 
witnessing (Acts 2:4). The enduement with the Spir- 
it's power for witnessing was explained by Peter on 
the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-18). This blessing is 
called "the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38; 10:44^ 
45) . The unction of the gift is symbolized by the laying 
on of hands (Acts 8:14-17). All Christians are com- 
manded to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). 

Peter and those who were filled with the Spirit at 
Pentecost were filled repeatedly (Acts 2:4; 4:31; 4:8), 
Paul was filled afresh for service (Acts 9:17; 13:19) 
This does not mean that Paul was sinless and per- 
fect (Rom. 7:21-23). With this John is in agreement 
(I John 1:8). When filled with the Spirit we need not 
be looking for miraculous earthquakes nor speaking 
in tongues, but we should be praying for conviction 
and conversion of souls (Acts 2:37, 38). 

To carry out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19, 
20) it is necessary to be empowered by the Holy 
Spirit that souls may be saved (Acts 1:4, 5, 8). To be 
filled with the Spirit requires obedience to Christ's 
commands (John 14:15, 16; Acts 5:32). To be filled 
with the Spirit requires earnest prayer (Acts 1:14). 
It should be definite prayer for this filling (Acts 4:31) . 
The gift should be prayed upon new converts (Acts 
8:15). After much prayer (Acts 9:11) Paul was filled 
(V. 9.) The Holy Ghost speaks to those who pray 
(Acts 13:2). We are to pray for the gift (Luke 11:13), 
and for others that they may receive the gift (Eph. 
3:14-19). 



February 27, 1965 



SISTERHOOD 



More from the S. M. M. mailbag - - 



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SOUTH BEND 



JUNIOR 



SISTERHOOD 



(Our thanks to Sandy and all 
others who have taken time to in- 
form us of their group's activities. 
We loould encourage the rest of 
our societies to write in also and 
let us knoiv what you are doing. 
Perhaps you have some good ideas 
to share with us, and you loould 
also be meeting one of your goals. 
Your contributions will be printed 
in The Brethren Evangelist.) 



Here is our annual report to The 
Brethren Evangelist of the activi- 
ties of the Junior Sisterhood in 
the South Bend Brethren Church. 

We here in South Bend started 
the 1964-65 year off with a fine 
candlelight installation service, 
conducted by our new patroness, 
Mrs. David Stickler. 

In October we had a masked 
party before our meeting. There 
were sure some strange characters 
in our midst that evening, but they 
enjoyed our meeting. Our Novem- 
ber meeting found us discussing 
our money-making projects. For 
December we sold some of our scrub 
puffs to cover the cost of our 
Christmas party, which was held 
at Holly's Restaurant. Our big proj - 
ect was selling Christmas carol 
napkins. 

January found us doing bandage 
sewing and rolling with the help 
of the mothers. We like to include 
the mothers as often as possible 
and always welcome them to our 
meetings. For February we had a 
Sweethearts' Party at the church 
for all the men of the church. At 



this time we conducted our month- 
ly meeting and let the men see 
what work we are doing. 

One Sunday night in March we 
will have our public service. Rev. 
Albert J. Philippi, a district rep- 
resentative for Moody Bible Insti- 
tute, will show a missionary film 
for us. Rev. Philippi is quite in- 
terested in missionary work, as his 
two sons are missionaries for 
TEAM, stationed in Guatemala 
and Venezuela. At this program we 
are going to repeat Romans 12 to- 
gether and sing the S.M.M. song, 
which we are learning now. 

April will be a rather quiet 
month and May will find us at- 
tending the Mother-Daughter Tea 
at the church. June will see us go- 
ing to Shipshewana for state con- 
ference and also our election will 
be held at our monthly meeting. 
Installation of the 1965-66 officers 
and promotion services for those 
going on to the senior group will be 
in July, rounding out our 1964-65 
year. 

Sandy Kreps 

Secretary Junior S.M.M. 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by tlie International Council 
of Beligious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for March 7, 1965 
LABORERS IN THE KINGDOM 

Text: Matthew 20:1-16 

THE GUIDING thought of this parable is "But many 
that are first shall be last; and the last shall be 
first"— Matt. 19:30, 20:16. The parable is given in 
summary of what Jesus was trying to tell the rich 
young ruler who refused to give up his wealth, and 
in answer to Peter and the other disciples who felt 
they were making a very great sacrifice in follow- 
ing Jesus. 
Faithfulness in service to God is by some measured 



by money. The young man by training and habit did 
those things within the law of God which did not 
interfere with his material gain. His love, faithful- 
ness in service to God, his attachment to God hinged 
on his wealth. Subjects of God's kingdom must give 
their first love and allegiance to Jesus and His work. 

Peter tended to guage his devotion by his mate- 
rial sacrifice. Jesus acknowledged this reasoning to 
be right so far as it went for He said that such per- 
sons "shall receive an hundredfold" in the life to 
come. Jesus gave the parable to emphasize that God 
counted faithfulness to His call of greater value than 
the sacrifices made (Ps. 51:16, 17). 

The parable tells us that the kingdom of heaven 
is to God as a vineyard is to a man. It is His and He 
has every right to hire whom He will to work for 
Him, to pay whatever wages are agreed upon by the 
workers and use His wealth as He sees fit. 

In the vineyard there were laborers who went in 
at different hours of the day to work. Now not every 
one who did work had the opportunity to work the 

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BOYS' BROTHERHOOD PRdGRA^^^R MARCH b^e^cConahay 1 

THE COMMUNION btRVICE 



I. Preparation — Because the Communion Service is 
a sacred observance, we should examine ourselves 
each time before partaking. 

I Corinthians 11:27, 28 
In our meditation and examination we should think 
how wonderful it is to have Christ as our Savior, 
and how much we need His help because of our sins. 

I Corinthians 10:21 

I John 1:7-9 

II. Feetwashlng — The Cleansing of Believers 

John 13:1-17 

A. In this passage Jesus gives us: 

1. a command (verse 14); 

2. an example (verse 15); 

3. a blessing '(verse 17). 

B. Feetwashing is a memorial to Christ's min- 
istry on earth. He was never too proud to help 
anyone in need. 

Matthew 9:11-13 

C. Feetwashing is a symbol of the inward cleans- 
ing we always need because we sin. 
Romans 3:23 

D. The Holy Kiss is a sign of Christian friendship. 
I Corinthians 16:20 

III. The Love Feast — Communion with believers 

A. The Love Feast is a memorial to the love of 
Jesus. It is called the "Agape" which means 
"Godly Love." It is this love for us which 



caused God to send Jesus into the world to die 
for our sins. 
John 3:16 
B. Jesus commanded us to love one another. 
John 13:34, 35 

IV. The Eucharist (Bread and Cup) — Communion with 
God 

A. We eat the Bread and drink the Cup because 
Jesus did this with His disciples in the upper 
room, and then He told us to do this, also. 
Matthew 26:26-28 

I Corinthians 11:24-26 

B. The breaking of the Bread is a picture of the 
broken body of Christ on the cross for our sins. 
Mark 14:22 

Luke 22:19 

C. The drinking of the Cup is a picture of the 
spilt blood of Christ on the cross for our sins. 
Mark 14:23, 24 

Luke 22:20 

I Corinthians 10:16, 17 

V. Closing 

A. As the disciples did, we sing a hymn and leave 
the communion room in silence. 
Matthew 26:30 

B. We should leave the Communion Service with 
greater thanks to God for our salvation and 
with new determination to live better Chris- 
tian lives. 



NEWS NOTES FROM THE 

BOYS' BROTHERHOOD 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO 

THE BOYS' BROTHERHOOD at Smithville is try- 
ing hard to meet the Brotherhood goals. We 
have elected the following officers for this year: 
Rex McOonahay — President 
Wendell Ebersole — Vice President 
Phillip Glasgo — Secretary 
Loren Ritalet — Treasurer 
Mike Miller and Herman Reusser are assisting us 
as advisors. 
We are enjoying the fun and fellowship of Chris- 



tian friends and are learning more of God's Word 
and His will for our lives. 

Rex MoConahay 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

NAPPANEE, IND. 

ON MONDAY NIGHT, December 7, 1964, the Nap- 
panee Laymen were host to the Northern In- 
diana District Laymen's group. After a fine supper 
served by the Missionary Society ladies, the laymen 
met in the sanctuary and were welcomed to the Nap- 
panee Church by our president, Richard Mishler. 



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Devon Hossler led the group in singing a few songs. 
Robert Arnott gave the devotions for the evening. 
A men's quartet consisting of Devon Hossler, Willard 
Slabaugh, Max Miller, and Lisle Roose sang. Our 
speaker for the evening was Rev. Clarence Steward, 
who gave a very inspiring and challenging message. 
We appreciate so much his continuing ministry, even 
though he is trying to retire. 

After the message Brother John Oberly, president 
of the Northern District, conducted the business meet- 
ing in his usual fine and orderly manner. 

On Sunday morning, January 3, 1965, the Nappanee 
Laymen's organization held their public service dur- 
ing the worship hour. Dave Bowers conducted the ser- 
vices, with Richard Mishler reading scripture and 
Max Miller leading in the morning prayer. A quar- 
tet consisting of Devon Hossler, Duane Parker, Max 
Miller, and Willard Slabaugh sang. Our speaker for 
the morning message was Phil Hershberger, a member 
of our local church who is at Ashland College pre- 
paring to enter the ministry. Phil gave a very chal- 
lenging message, indicating that training and study are 
very essential for this type of service for the Lord's 
work. We will be praying for his ministry wherever 
it may lead him and his family. 

Max Bigler 



welcomed the group in behalf of the Mansfield Lay- 
men, and the invocation was given by Rev. Spencer 
Gentle. 

After a brief devotional period of hymn singing. 
Scripture reading and prayer, Brother Ralph Fair- 
banks introduced the speaker of the evening, Mr. 
James Will, an attorney of Mansfield, Ohio, who spoke 
on the work being done by a group known as Alco- 
holics Anonymous. The story of his life and the work 
he does in this organization gave definite proof and 
a personal testimony of what can happen to a man 
if and when he allows Christ to enter into his heart. 
This reporter also feels that a very good answer was 
provided to the age-old question, "Am I My Brother's 
Keeper?" 

The business session of the evening was conducted 
by Brother Paul Shank of Wooster, Ohio, President 
of the N.E.O. District. After he had expressed thanks 
and appreciation to the Mansfield Laymen for the 
fine hospitality shown to the group, the various items 
of business pertaining to the laymen of the Brethren 
Church were taken care of. The meeting was then 
adjourned, and the various groups from the district 
left for their respective homes again inspired to go 
out and further the work of the Kingdom in the style 
of dedicated Brethren Laymen. 

George Schuster 



THIRD BRETHREN CHURCH 
JOHNSTOWN. PA. 

ON MONDAY EVENING, December 28, the laymen 
of our church entertained the boys at a fish fry. 
With plenty of sea food in evidence along with all 
the trimmings, a fine post-Christmas meeting was held. 
It was served by a group of church women in our 
new Sunday school annex. A program suitable to the 
season was enjoyed. Included was carol singing by 
the group, and special musical numbers from some of 
our young folks home for the holiday season. Among 
the several items of business was the decision of our 
laymen to continue financial co-operation with Johns- 
town II and Vinco Brethren in airing the radio pro- 
gram, "Foundation for Faith," formerly "Voice of 
the Brethren Church," over our local WCRO every 
Sunday morning at 8:30. We now have our largest 
laymen enrollment in history — 23. 

Walter Ream, secretary 



NORTHEAST OHIO 
DISTRICT RALLY 

THE NORTHEASTERN OHIO District Laymen Rally 
was held on Monday evening at the Johns Park 
Pavilion in Mansfield, Ohio, January 25, 1965. 

The usual camaraderie found in the Brethren laity 
was present as a goodly number enjoyed a full eve- 
ning of Christian fellowship. A bountiful supper pre- 
pared and served by the W.M.S. of the host church 
of Mansfield started the evening's activities. Rev. 
H. H. Rowsey of the Ashland Garber church asked 
the blessing on this portion of the evening's program. 

The group then gathered in the assembly hall for 
the remainder of the program. Brother Joe Gleisinger 




— Continued from page 9 

same amount of time that day. Some were called in 
at the eleventh hour and could only work one hour. 
It was not their fault that they had less time to work. 
While they did have time they worked very diligently. 
That they received equal wages with the others is to 
emphasize how highly God esteems faithfulness and 
diligence in service. Those who grumbled because 
they were not given greater reward were regarded as 
having evil eyes — v. 15. This parable tells us that we 
will receive reward of the Lord for our service but if we 
find that we are working with an eye only to the re- 
ward then we lack the qualifications of good citizen- 
ship in the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 17:7-10). 

The last shall be first and the first shall be last. 
What we count as first class on earth may in fact 
be the very lowest so far as God is concerned. Those 
who seem to have so little to sacrifice and are so 
lowly on earth may be to God a first class man in 
heaven. They will receive their good reward. 

"Many are called but few are chosen." This has 
often been used to teach that not everyone who has 
been called of God will be saved. Others use it to 
teach that some are called to a position, and though 
Christian, fail to live up to certain requirements and 
so lose their calling. The best interpretation is that 
"Many are called, but few are choice." You may be 
in the service but your attitude makes you a poor 
worker. 



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The Cosmic Circle of Christ 

HENRY SLOANE COFFIN once asked a group of 
Chinese pastors in an interior town what it was 
in Christ that most impressed them. None of them 
mentioned the accounts of any miracle. Chinese 
mythology could outdo the miracles recorded on Gos- 
pel pages. Various replies were given, when one elderly 
man said, "His washing His Disciples' feet," and sud- 
den general consensus showed that his incident was 
peculiarly appealing to them. That a revered Teacher 
would overstep the lines of class and position and 
take a slave's place was an impressive moral miracle. 2 
The bend-down of God to men in the Suffering Savior 
is the signal truth of Christianity. 

The weight of the significance of John 13 is in the 
cosmic circle of Christ. Christ "came forth from God," 



of the invisible God. Our belief in the credence of 
God in Christ determines our belief in the credence of 
John thirteen as a sacramental doctrine. As in the 
Gospel of Matthew, Full authority in heaven and on 
earth has been committed to me,'' so here in the 
Gospel of John, "all things" is without limitation of 
any kind. "To Him" means that the purpose of God 
is in Christ to do as He wills. In view of these divine 
truths concerning the Son of God the passage has 
a divine dimension. 

When the narrative of feet-washing is not accepted 
as an obvious sacramental doctrine then there arise 
many perplexing problems of interpretation. A New 
Testament scholar who does not accept the narra- 
tive as a sacramental doctrine writes, "This is one of 
the most difficult passages to interpret in the whole 
New Testament. It is unique — there is nothing com- 



John 13 



THE PEDIUVIUM 



fulfilled His mission in the flesh, and "returned to 
God." The phrase, "He did come out from God" de- 
clares His deity. His oneness with God and His in- 
carnate invasion into the world. The phrase, "He 
went to God" declares His ascension back to this very 
God. The Divine movement is always circular, be- 
ginning and concluding with God. Humanism is the 
converse from this movement where man presumes 
to think that everything begins and ends in himself. 
However, the Divine circle, within it man and the 
whole cosmos, is expressed by Moses in the symbol 
of, "the everlasting arms."' In the prelude to the pas- 
sage John summarizes this significance in four 
phrases: (1) "That He should depart out of this world 
unto the Father," (2) "That the Father had given all 
things into His hands," (3) "That He came forth 
from God," (4) "And was going to God." The in- 
carnate Christ is returning to the eternal glory with 
the Father, who placed in His hands the whole ef- 
ficacy of salvation. 

It was God in Christ who sat with His family of 
Brethren in the upper room. Thus every incident of 
the upper room must be interpreted by the fact that 
it was the word and deed of God. The preponderous 
fact that here was God who washed feet, who ate, 
who talked, at a supper is overwhelming. To the non- 
believer, to sophisticated society, to the willful world, 
these mundane acts of Christ are nonsense. To the 
believer this is the sublime truth that God had con- 
descended to sinful man to cleanse his sins. The divine 
truth of Christianity is that the highest must become 
the lowest — or it would not be the highest. 

It was the very Son of God, with full divine authori- 
ty, who spoke and acted. The fixed framework of this 
New Testament passage is that it was God in Christ 
who spoke and commanded, who initiated and con- 
cluded, who promised and fulfilled. "The Master and 
the Lord" of the upper room who girded Himself with 
a towel and washed the Disciples' feet was God's spe- 
cial envoy. He was the One who revealed the nature 



parable to it in the other gospels."' Another Chris- 
tian theologian describes the passage with its impli- 
cations as "obscure. "6 The suggestion that the feet- 
washing represents the Eucharist, "symbolizes all 
that is implied in the Eucharist,"^ is theological eva- 
sion which is totally unacceptable. For qualified New 
Testament scholars to speak of the narrative of feet- 
washing as "the most difficult passage," or "obscure" 
betrays the fact that they refuse the obvious in- 
terpretation and lack a suitable substitute. Likewise 
the interpretation which suggests that feet-washing 
represents the Eucharist is confusing. The Eucharist 
symbolizes the broken body and shed blood of Christ 
and cannot in turn be represented by the feet-washing. 
The Lord designated the distinctive symbolic mean- 
ing of each part of Holy Communion; the Pedilavium 
symbolizes cleansing, the Agape symbolizes the Com- 
munity of God, and Eucharist symbolizes Calvary. 
Each symbol is distinct and cannot be represented 
by a secondary symbol. If for no other reason, these 
very inadequate interpretations force a serious New 
Testament student to accept the narrative of feet- 
washing as a sacramental doctrine. However, the 
compelling reason for Christians to believe in the feet- 
washing as a sacramental doctrine is that during the 
passion of the Lord He deliberately set forth a pattern 
to copy with a promise of happiness to all who ful- 
fill it. 

Some relate the Lord's washing of the Disciples' 
feet to the strife that is recorded in Luke.s The gen- 
eral argument that the washing of the Disciples' feet 
was His answer to this strife is that the Disciples 
had been arguing about position and precedence in 
the material kingdom which Christ was to establish. 
They were each urging their own claims, and anger- 
ing each other by their own pretensions. The argu- 
ment then proposes that at the time of the Last Supper 
the Disciples are so angry with one another that they 
refuse to wash the dust from each other's feet, and 
the feet of the Master. To quote an interpreter, "One 



February 27, 1965 

supposes that, as a rule, on arriving at their destina- 
tion, it was their practice to take turns at washing 
off the dust of the roads from the sandaled feet of 
the little brotherhood, and that they did it willingly, 
as a matter of course, and thought nothing about it. 
But tonight all of them sat stubbornly in their places 
and would have none of the menial duty."' Thus the 
Lord seized the opportunity and acted out a parable 
of humility. 

One recognizes immediately that this interpreta- 
tion of J'ohn thirteen is based upon supposition. The 
above quoted interpretation begins, "One supposes." 
To interpret the longest recorded narrative of the 
Lord's words and actions during the last night in the 
upper room by "supposition" appears to me in serious 
error. The error becomes all the more evident when it 
is compared with the other narratives of the upper 



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context of faith. Insofar as the invisible truth was 
perceived in the visible work John calls them "signs." 
They are "signs" because they reveal the mysteries 
which underlie the visible world of events. Thus the 
importance of the sign was in what it indicated, 
rather than what it was. Whenever the term "sign" 
is used in the Gospel of John it is always with the 
distinct reference to the invisible character which 
the work or miracle indicated. Those who termed them 
"signs" attach to Christ divine attributes in faith, 
and each sign gave occasion to a growth of belief 
or unbelief according to the will of those who wit- 
nessed it. 10 

John's emphasis upon the revelation of God in 
these signs brought man to decision. Man is brought 
to a crisis of either belief or unbelief, hght or dark- 
ness, the judgment of life or death. Throughout the 



by DR. JOSEPH R. SHULTZ 
Dean Ashland Theological Seminary 



room, the eucharistic sayings, which are interpreted 
literally in great detail by most church doctrines of 
Communion. In other words, the doctrine of the 
"bread and cup," the Eucharist, is founded upon a 
few verses in the Synoptic Gospels, and rightly so. 
But at the same time a consistent consideration of 
the New Testament Scriptures must include the com- 
paratively lengthy complete narrative in John thirteen 
of feet-washing in Holy Communion. The complete 
Holy Communion service as instituted by our Lord in 
the upper room must include all that God in Christ 
said and did. To give lengthy consideration to the 
bread and cup, to the exclusion of the Agape and the 
Pedilavium, is not "rightly dividing the word of 
truth." The service of triune Holy Communion was 
instituted by our Lord in His passion at the Last 
Supper, recorded in New Testament Scriptures, and 
practiced by the Brethren. 

Water Symbolism in John 

The distinctiveness of John's gospel in object and 
plan determines its characteristic style, symbolism. It 
alone contains the three great passages of the Sheep- 
fold, the Good Shepherd, and the Vine, which has 
always been a basis for Christian art and architec- 
ture. Not only are there these specific symbolic teach- 
ings, but also the general spirit of symbolism which 
forms its style. The writer describes the select inci- 
dents from the life of the incarnate Christ by the 
term "signs" (sameia) . The modern concept of inci- 
dent cannot define the select events in the Lord's 
ministry used by John. They are "signs" because they 
direct men to look beneath the surface of the event 
for the revelation of the deeper work and will of 
God. Each sign had a double quaUty, the visible and 
the invisible. The visible aspect of the event was re- 
ferred to by John as a "work," in that it was mani- 
fested in and related to the phenomena of life. The 
invisible aspect of the event was the revelation of the 
divine truth beneath the surface perceived in the 



Gospel there is the clear marked distinction between 
those who beheld the events of Christ as the mani- 
fest glory of God and those who willfully refused 
belief in the events as "signs" of God. Therefore, In 
this Gospel "signs" are eternally significant and carry 
the weight of decision between death and life. 

All the material included in this select gospel story 
is related and relevant to the object of belief and con- 
fession of faith in Christ. There is an unmistakable 
harmony within the different parts of the fourth 
gospel, thus each part must be considered not only in 
itself, but also in relation to the others with which 
it is connected. The character of John's gospel is 
that fact is interpreted by thought, and thought by 
fact; that the historical unity of the book is inter- 
woven by a spiritual unity. The broad plan of the 
Gospel is (1) The ministry of the incarnate Christ 
(1:19 — 12:50), and (2) The meaning of the ministry 
of the incarnate Christ (13 — 21). By this outline of 
the Gospel in the thirteenth chapter is the prelude to 
the second main section. It is in the section and re- 
lated to the institution of the sacraments in the upper 
room," the last discourses on the Holy Spirit and 
spiritual life,'^ the priestly prayer of our Lord,' 3 
the passion of our Lord,''* and the resurrection of the 
triumphant Christ.' 5 Because of the definite plan 
of the Gospel, the thirteenth chapter must be in- 
terpreted by these selected "signs" in the second sec- 
tion of which it is a part. The setting of the nar- 
rative of feet-washing is not physical cleansing but 
spiritual cleansing, not service hut sacrifice, not 
creaturely humility hut Holy Commmiion. 

In view of the importance of symbolism in John's 
gospel, the narrative of feet-washing in the thirteenth 
chapter has spiritual significance. The double quality 
of the signs point at once, not just to the visible act, 
but to the higher understanding in the context of 
faith. The cleansing of the Disciples' feet represents 
their cleansing from sin by Christ. When the neces- 
sity of this cleansing is told to Peter, he asks that not 



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only his feet but also his head and hands be washed. 
Just as the Cross is the temporal manifestation of 
the eternal movement of Christ from the Father who 
sends Him into the world, and again from the world 
to the Father, so the feet-washing is enacted by Jesus 
in full recognition of the same fact." 

In relation to our subject it is striking to note that 
throughout the Gospel of John there is an extraordin- 
ary attention given to water as a "sign," or symbol, 
and that it is used as the visible means for the in- 
visible power of G-od. In chapter one, there is the ac- 
count of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus. 
In chapter two, Christ attends the marriage at Cana 
where the water is changed into wine. In chapter 
three, Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night inquiring 
about this new life, and Jesus tells him that he must 
be born of water and spirit. In chapter four, Jesus 
meets the woman at the well and talks about living 
water. In chapter five, Jesus heals a paralyzed man 
at the pool by the Sheep-gate. In chapter nine, there 
is recorded the healing of the man born blind, wait- 
ing at the pool of Siloam. And in chapter thirteen, 
there is the washing of the Disciples' feet. It is not 
our intention to force a scheme upon all these events 
which give attention to water as a "sign." However, 
it would be equally wrong to ignore them, and their 
significant relation to the Pedilavium. Certainly it 
is evident that John's gospel uses water as a "sign" 
for the cleansing, healing power of God. 

Conscience, Cleansing, and Communion 

The Psalmist asks and answers a vital question of 
"Holy" communing with the Almighty God. The earth 
is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and 
they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon 
the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall 
ascend into the hill of the Lord? or loho shall stand 
in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a 
pure heart; loho hath not lifted up his soul unto van- 
ity, nor sworn deceitfully . He shall receive the bless- 
ing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God 
of his salvation.' ^ The Psalmist begins by affirming 
that the whole cosmos belongs to God. He is the 
Creator and keeper of the world, the world of nature 
and humanity. It is His in a sense somewhat sim- 
ilar to our right of property, by the efforts of His 
hands. Because of His complete Holy dominion over 
the fullness of the cosmos "who dare ascend into the 
hill of the Lord?" Who is worthy to go before this 
Living God, to stand in His Holy Place? Who dares 
presume to be worthy to come before the presence of 
the Lord? Who has the spiritual qualifications pre- 
requisite to His friendship, to communing with the 
living Holy God? The Psalmist answers his own ques- 
tion. Only "He that hath clean hands . . ." shall com- 
mune with God. The answer is substantially the same 
as in Holy Communion: only he shall really have 
"Holy Communion" with God who has been made 
spiritually clean. In the Pedilavium, God prepares 
the communer for his encounter with Himself, by 
cleansing him from all sin. To presume to go before 
the Holy God without proper preparation is the 
height of humanistic egotism. As God provided the 
laver as the symbolic cleansing prerequisite to priests 
entering the Holy of Holies in the old covenant, so 



He has provided the Pedilavium as the symbolic 
cleansing prerequisite to believers entering into Holy 
Communion in the New Covenant. The separating veil 
into the very presence of God was rent in twain at 
the time of the Cross, let all prepare to come before 
His presence. 

Preparation for Holy Communion means far more 
than the setting of tables, the filling of cups, and the 
baking of bread. In St. Paul's writing to the Corinthian 
Christians, we learn of a definite spiritual preparation 
necessary before an effectual Holy Communion, A man 
must test (scrutinize, trial) himself before eating his 
share of bread and drinking from the cup. This is not 
just a kindly "take-it-or-leave-it" admonition, but a 
stern warning, For he who eats and drinks eats and 
drinks judgment on himself if he does not discern 
the Body. At the center of this inward scrutiny for Holy 
Communion is conscience. A limited description of 
conscience and its relation to Holy Communion in 
this study shall be: a certain capacity or power, re- 
lated to the knowledge of mind, within man which 
affects the judgment of the living Holy God upon his 
thoughts and actions, and which renders feelings 
of guilty or not guilty, incurred condemnation or di- 
vine forgiveness, fear or peace. Conscience is not ac- 
quired by either secular or spiritual education, but is 
born with us, is natural to us, and is retained by the 
soul of every human being. It is given by God as a 
guardian of our souls. It stands guard at the gates 
of our thoughts and actions whereby nothing is done 
in secret, and brings to 'our attention the sin that 
destroys or the righteousness that brings new life 
If it were not for conscience our souls would be ex- 
posed to the world without our even knowing it. When 
God gave man the free will to choose. He also gave 
him conscience to effect responsibility in his choices 

Our conscience is related to the mind, to this ca- 
pacity of man which collects, classifies, and compre- 
hends facts. It is in the capacity of the mind thai 
codes are learned and established upon which oui 
conscience cries either guilty or not guilty. Knowl- 
edge precedes not conscience, but the action of con- 
science. Thus, conscience can never affect the judg- 
ments of God until the laws of God are established 
in the person. Immediately some will jump to the 
conclusion that those who have not been formallj 
taught the laws of God cannot be held guilty or re- 
sponsible for their thoughts and actions, others wil] 
suggest that the laws of God are interpreted in manj 
ways by various peoples which makes it impossible 
for the Christian concept of conscience to operate 
justly. However, the moral and social laws of God are 
established in all mankind from his very creation in 
the image of God, and are the basis of his judging 
conscience. Paul relates this truth to the Roman 
Christians. For all that may be known of God by men 
lies plain before their eyes; indeed God himself hai 
disclosed it to them. His invisible attributes, that ii 
to say his everlasting power and deity, have been 
visible, ever since the world began, to the eye of reason 
in the things he has made. There is therefore no pos- 
sible defense for their conduct; knowing God . . .2c 
In "Huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain stated the same 
truth in these words, "The moral sense may take up 
more room in us than all our insides put together.' 
There is a "true light, which lighteth every man." And 



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when a man is perfectly honest, he will admit by 
this inner light what is right and what is wrong. Barth 
writes, "It is in the light of Jesus Christ that dark- 
ness as such is revealed and that consequently it 
becomes evident that man is a sinner, at the same 
time as it becomes clear in what sin consists. "21 "Be- 
cause the basic laws of God are established in every 
man, as a part of his natural toirth, the power of con- 
science affects just judgment within every man. 
Therefore, when Paul declares For all alike have 
sinned, and are deprived of the divine splendour p-^ 
every hearing soul knows what it means. 

In the study of Holy Communion what is the sig- 
nificance of this conscience? First of all, we must make 
clear again that even the Christian is not exempt 
from sins. We know that the law is spiritual; but I 
am not: I am unspiritual, the purchased slave of 
sin. I do not even acknowledge my own actions as 
mine, for what I do is not what I want to do, but what 
I detest . . . The good which I want to do, I fail to do; 
but what I do is the wrong which is against my will; 
and if what I do is against my will, clearly it is no 
longer I who am the agent, but sin that has its lodg- 
ing in 7716.23 Therefore, because even as genuine 
Christians we are prone to sin, our conscience must 
deal with our own sin as well as our righteousness in 
Christ. When we sin we weaken our faith in God, 
begin to doubt His mercy, and bring guilt to our souls. 
The peace we have with God through justifying faith 
is pushed into the background of our souls by the 
struggle between the "spiritual and natural" in our 
lives. Our first love tends to grow cold and we de- 
velop cataracts on our spiritual sight. Sin has the 
nature of hiding itself within those who sin, of dis- 
guising itself in other forms, even in the forms of 
religion. Thus, there is the pressing need within the 
Christian's life of reaffirming faith, renewing love, 
and having the heart recleansed, which is the dwell- 
ing place of the Holy Spirit. The health of our souls 
and our life depends upon this cleansing from sin 
and communion with God. Sin does not remain iso- 
lated, but tends to become a chain of sins. The greater 
the sin the greater the one that follows. Thus, when 
we sin we must hurry to the throne of grace, to the 
fount of mercy, to the arms of the forgiving Father. 
If we do not flee evil and find the forgiveness of God 
continually, our conscience becomes burdened with 
guilt to the point of mental breakdown. As a Scot- 
tish preacher many years ago said, "My meaning is 
this: no soul can be at peace with God or have any 
fellowship with the Lord, without in some measure 
being sanctified and made holy. For God cannot make 
His residence in a soul that is always a stinking dung- 
hill, and therefore, of necessity, it must be sancti- 
fied. One corner or other of the soul must be made 
so clean that the Lord of heaven, by His Holy Spirit, 
may make His residence in it.''^-* 

Regardless of our varying beliefs in the Christian 



Faith and our positions in theology, we are at this 
point in accord with Karl Barth who insists that 
justification and sanctification are two moments in 
one action of God. Also, with his assertion that while 
justification is first in order of origin and presup- 
position, sanctification is first in results.25 As a re- 
cent lecturer has put it, "The tendency in modern 
Christianity has been to treat the initial stage of 
God's saving work as the all important stage, and 
sanctification as an 'extra.' The sinner must be born 
again before he can grow up as a child of God, but he 
is born to grow. The believer is justified to be sancti- 
fied; he is adopted as God's child that he may grow 
into the full stature of the manhood of Christ. "26 
God has provided in the Triune Holy Communion 
the most excellent means in the symbol of the water, 
the bread, and the cup for the Christian in this pres- 
ent life to experience and express the forgiveness and 
cleansing of God. Whenever we practice the Triune 
Holy Communion, we proclaim the work of the Triune 
God: "The Father who hath made me and all the 
world, the Son who hath redeemed me and all man- 
kind, and the Holy Spirit who sanctifleth me and all 
the people of God."27 

Calvin interprets "He that is washed needeth not 
save to wash his feet," as "renewal." "(Again, the other 
comparison was also apphed to the case in hand, 
that Peter might not set aside the washing of the 
feet as foolish; for, as Christ washes from the head 
to the feet those whom he receives as His disciples, 
so, in those whom He has cleansed, the lower part 
remains to toe daily cleansed. The children of God 
are not altogether regenerated on the first day, so as 
to aim at nothing but the heavenly life; but, on the 
contrary, the remains of the flesh continue to dwell 
in them, with which they maintain a continued 
struggle throughout their whole life. The term feet, 
therefore, is metaphorically applied to all the passions 
and cares by which we are brought into contact with 
the world; for, if the Holy Spirit occupied every part 
of us, we would no longer have anything to do with 
the pollutions of the world; but now, by that part 
in which we are carnal, we creep on the ground, or 
at least fix our feet in the clay, and, therefore, are 
to some extent unclean. Thus, Christ always finds in 
us something to cleanse."2s in this clear commentary, 
Calvin proclaims the soul of the symbol of feet- 
washing even though he fails to relate it to the logi- 
cal and natural place, the Pedilavium. The Pedilavium 
is the most adequate and accurate symbol of the 
cleansing process that goes on in the life of the be- 
liever after baptism. 

May the attitude of our heart be what Charles Wes- 
ley has written : 

For ever here my rest shall be, 

Close to Thy bleeding side; 
This all my hope and all my plea — 
For me the Saviour died! 



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My dying Saviour and my God, 

Fountain for guilt and sin, 
Sprinkle me ever with thy blood, 

And cleanse and keep me clean. 

'Wash me, and make me thus Thine ovi^n; 
Wash me, and mine Thou art; 



Wash me, — ^but not my feet alone, 
My hands, my head, my heart. 

The Atonement of Thy blood apply, 
Till faith to sight improve; 

Till hope in full fruition die. 
And all my soul be love. 



1 Pedilavium, from "ped" meaning foot, plus "lavere" 
meaning wash, compounded to mean the "Cere- 
monial washing of Feet." It is also spelled "Pedi- 
luvium," a foot-bath; and "Pedilauim." 

2 Wallis, Charles L., The Table of The Lord, Harper 
and Brother, New York, 1958, p. 142. 

3 Deut. 33:27. 

t Matt. 28:18 (n.e.b.). 

5 Grant, Frederick G., The Gospel of John, Harper 
and Bros., New York, 1956, Vol. II, p. 7. 

6 Barrett, C. K., The Gospel According to St. Joh?i, 
SPCK, London, 1955, p. 368. 

7 Macgregor, G. H. C, Eucharistic Origins, Clarke, 
London, 1928, p. 226. 

8 Luke 22:24-30. 

9 Gossip, Arthur John, Interpreter's Bible, Abing- 
don-Cokesbury Press, New York, 1952, Vol. VIII, 
p. 680. 

•0 Westcott, op. cit., pp. 38, 39. 

11 John 13, cf. Matt. 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 
22: 19-20. 

12 John 13:31— John 16. 



13 John 17. 
!■♦ John 18, 19. 

15 John 20, 21. 

16 Barrett, op. cit., p. 363. 

17 Psalm 24:1-5. 

18 I Cor. 11:28. 

19 I Cor. 11:29 (n.e.b.). 

20 Romans 1:19, 20 (n.e.b.). 

2 1 Barth, Karl, Church Dogmatics, Trans, by G. W. 
Bromiley, T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 1956, IV. 1, 
pp. 123 f. 

22 Romans 3:23 (n.e.b.). 

23 Romans 7:14, 15, 19, 20 (n.e.b.). 
2+ Bruce, op. cit., p. 153. 

2 5 Barth, Karl, Church Dogmatics, Trans, by G. W. 
Bromiley, T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh, 1958, iv. 2. 

26 Greeves, Frederic, Theology and The Cure of Souls, 
Channel Press, Inc., 1960, p. 71. 

2 7 Lowery, C. W., The Trinity and Christian Devotion, 
Harper, N. Y., 1946, p. 77. 

2 8 Calvin, John, Commentary on the Gospel Accord- 
ing to John, Trans, by W. Pringle, Eerdmans, 
Grand Rapids, 1949, p. 59. 



THE SEED 

BECOMES 

the HOUSE 

of 

DAVID 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

XIX 



AFTER DAVID had quieted the claims of the 
heirs of Saul; subdued the ancient enemy of 
Philistia; and had settled his seat of government in 
Jerusalem, he brought the Ark of the Covenant into 
the tent of meeting which he had set up in the city. 
Comparing the beautiful house of cedar, in which he 
dwelt, with the tent of worship, David proposed that 
he build a temple for the Ark of God, but Jehovah 
had other plans. David was a man of blood and vi- 
olence; another should build the temple. Jehovah 
spoke to David through Nathan the prophet and gave 
him the decree that established the house of David 



forever. Hear now the prophetic revelation (II Samuel 
7:8-13, 16 — A.S.V.), Moreover Jehovah telleth thee 
that Jehovah will make thee a house . . . And thy 
house and thy kingdom shall be made sure for ever 
before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever. 
Thus began the royal dynasty of the house of David. 
Then Jehovah's message revealed another wonderful 
thing, When thy days are fulfilled, and thou shall 
sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after 
thee, that shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will 
establish his kingdom. This verse can primarily mean 
his son Solomon, but the prophetic content goes be- 
yond Solomon to the "SEED WHO IS CHRIST"; for the 
next verse points to the final SEED. Hear it, He shall 
build a house for my name, and I will establish the 
throne of his kingdom for ever. Who is designated 
as building a house FOR HIS NAME? And what is 
the HOUSE FOR HIS NAME? Listen to James tell the 
church in Jerusalem about the matter of Gentile 
converts (Acts 15:14 — A.S.V.), Simeon hath rehearsed 
how first God visited the Gentiles, to take out of them 
a people for his name. And to this agree the words of 
the prophets; as it is written. After these things 1 
will return, and I will build again the tabernacle 
of David, lohich is fallen; And I will build again the 
ruins thereof. And I loill set it up. After what things 
will He return? After He, the SEED, shall have built 
a house for His name, THE CHURCH. Tlien He will 
SET UP the fallen dynasty of David. 

Nowhere in all Holy Writ is there a more far-reach- 
ing Messianic prophecy than the message Nathan was 
given to deliver to David. This prophecy is the center 
of the Old Testament story. To it points all that is 
written before; and from it, everything has to dc 
with its fulfillment. The subjects of this prophecy 



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are the basis of all scripture even to the last of Reve- 
lation. This is Jehovah's covenant with David, and 
all of the vicissitudes of the royal line cannot ab- 
rogate it. Hear it in Psalm 89, / have made a cove- 
nant loith my chosen, I have sivorn unto David my 
servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build 
up thy throne to all generations . . . I have found 
David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed 
him: . . . I will beat down his foes before his face, 
and plague them that hate him . . . Also I will make 
him my first born, higher than the kings of the earth. 
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my 
covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also 
loill I make to endure for ever, and his throne as 
the days of heaven. If his childreii forsake my law, 
and walk not in my judgments; Then will I visit 
their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity 
with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I 
not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness 
to fail. My covenant loill I not break, nor alter the 
thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn 
by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed 
shall endure for ever and his throne as the sun be- 
fore me (K.J .v.). 

It is fitting, before looking down through genera- 
tions of the hereditary house of David, to be reassured 
by the covenant-oath of Jehovah which can never 
fail. The Davidic Covenant is the foundation upon 
which the glorious Kingdom of Christ is to be found- 
ed, but in the interim, disobedience in the Davidic 
family would be chastised; and repeatedly from its 
inception until the days of Jesus, the chastisement 
fell. But the Davidic Covenant, confirmed by the 
oath of Jehovah, and renewed to Mary by Gabriel 
is immutable, and God will yet give to the Son of 
Mary "The throne of his father David." He who was 
once crowned with thorns will someday be crowned 
with "many diadems." 

David fulfilled his days and the record says, "He 
slept with his fathers and was buried in the city 
of David." 

The family of David was established. His posterity 
did continue as the royal Seed "Until Shiloh come." 
Each generation from David until Joseph, the hus- 
band of Mary, bore a "Prince in the house of David." 

To follow the purpose of this paper, it is not neces- 
sary to recount the vicissitudes of each generation 
of princes in the royal house of David. Matthew cata- 
logs the hne in Chapter 1:17— A.S.V., So all the gen- 
erations from Abraham unto David are fourteen gen- 
erations; and from David unto the carrying away to 
Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying 
away to Babylon unto the Christ fourteen genera- 
tions. The Seed from Abraham to Christ covers forty- 
two generations; the Davidic line only twenty-eight. 
Moreover, the twenty-eight generations are divided 
into two portions of fourteen each. These are notable 
incidents in the operation of God's timeclock. 

Let it be noted here that Matthew, under the hand 
of inspiration, made the break between the fourteenth 
and fifteenth generations, in verses eleven and twelve, 
by giving no standing to the prince, where the break 
occurs. The emphasis is put on the carrying away 
to Babylon. Why should Jechoniah be downgraded 
thus? The answer is written large and plain in the 
record. 



The rule of the princes of the house of David, from 
Solomon to Jechoniah, is largely characterized by 
"walking in the ways of the kings of Judah who did 
evil in the sight of Jehovah," or "The rest of the acts 
of the king, and all that he did, are they not written 
in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah, 
and they buried him with his fathers in the city of 
David." Only very few, like Hezekiah and Josiah "did 
that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and 
walked in all the ways of David their father." The 
general course of Israel's life was away from Jehovah 
into the degradation of idolatry, and the work of 
Josiah could not stem the downward rush. The rec- 
ord from Kings (II Kings 23:26 — ^A.S.V. says. Not- 
withstanding, Jehovah turned not from the fierceness 
of his great ivrath, wherewith his anger was kindled 
against Judah, because of all the provocations, . . . 
and Jehovah said I loill remove Judah out of my 
sight . . . 

Jechoniah (or Jehoiachin) , the fourteenth from 
David, had only reigned eight years when the heavy 
hand of Jehovah fell, and he was the last of the 
SEED OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID to become king. 
Hear the curse upon Jechoniah and his line from 
the pen of Jeremiah the prophet (Jer. 22:24-30 — A.S. 
v.). As I live, said Jehovah, though Coniah (God 
would not even let him carry the prefix JE before 
CONIAH because he was no longer Jehovah's CONIiAH) 
. . . were the signet upon my right hand, yet would 
I pluck thee thence; . . . Is this man Coniah a despised 
broken vessel? is he a vessel loherein none delighteth? 
wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, . . . O 
earth, earth, earth, hear the iDord of Jehovah. Thus 
saith Jehovah, write this man childless, a man that 
shall not prosper in his days: for no more shall a 
vian of his seed prosper, sitting upon the throne of 
David, and ruling in Judah. 

Jechoniah was written as childless, yet children 
were born to him, for Matthew states in 1:12 — A.S.V., 



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And after the carrying aioay to Babylon, Jechoniah 
begat Shealtiel. For fourteen generations after Jecho- 
niah and the curse on his line, there was always a 
prince in the house of David, a SEED in the PRO- 
CESSION OF ROYALTY; yet the CURSE of Jehovah 
on the LINE forbad any to become king. What a 
paradox. A royal line, each generation carrying the 
SEED and having the throne rights, yet cut off from 
the throne by the CURSE. 

Then at the end of the line, who was the SEED 
that had the throne rights under the curse? Mat- 
thew reveals it. It was Joseph the husband of Mary 
"of whom was born Jesus, who is called CHRIST." 
Joseph the prince in the house of David, the car- 
penter of Nazareth. 

Now here appears another great mystery. Jesus 
the Son of Mary, the Son of God, became the Prince 
in Israel. He is the Seed of woman, the Seed of Abra- 
ham, the Seed of David; but not the seed of Coniah 
or Joseph. What a dilemma for Jehovah? Or was it? 
He had promised David that there would never fail 
him of his SEED a man to sit on the throne of Is- 
rael forever. A line had come down from David 
through Solomon, his fourth son by Bathsheba. Four- 
teen generations of that line reigned, but fourteen 
generations lived under the curse, and Joseph was 
the end. Jehovah rejected the line clear back to Da- 
vid, and selected another line from David, through 
Nathan his third son by Bathsheba. Zechariah sets 
forth the suffering of the Nathan line in his proph- 
ecy (12:12), but Luke records them, generation by 
generation, from David to Mary. Jesus carried the 
blood line through Nathan but received the princely 
throne rights through Solomon and Joseph, who was 
the husband of Mary when He was born. 

Jehovah side stepped the seeming dilemma of the 
curse and fulfilled His promise to David by a miracu- 
lous conception. This is divine revelation of the vir- 
gin birth and God's holy plan of the Incarnation. 
If Jesus had been the natural son of Joseph and 
Mary, the curse of Coniah and Joseph would rest 
upon Him, and He could never be the crowned king of 
Israel. That He was the Son of Mary and a Tuefcon 
soldier in the Roman legions, is the wildest kind of 
blasphemy. 

Jesus, Son of Mary, Son of David, Son of God, Prince 
in David's house through His legal father Joseph, 
is the Prince of Israel, but He ivas never croianed 
King. "He came unto His own, and His own received 
Him not." He offered Himself to the rulers of Israel 
but they rejected Him. He made a triumphal, but not 
a triumphant, entry into the city of David. Pilate said, 
"Here is your King," but they crowned Him only with 
thorns. Instead of a throne; they gave Him a cross. 

No, Jesus the Christ was never crowned, and He 
is yet the Prince, the uncrowned King of Israel. Peter, 
as recorded in Acts 5:30, states the facts. To the high 
priest and rulers of Jerusalem he said. The God of 
our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging 
him on a tree. Him did God exalt at his right hand to 
be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance to Is- 
rael, and remission of sins. God made Him the Prince 
and He, as the SEED ROYAL, holds the title deeds 
to the land that "Jehovah gave to Abraham and his 
SEED forever." 



But where are the title deeds to the land of the 
promise? It was said earlier in this paper that the 
rights of the title deeds are invested in "each suc- 
ceeding SEED unto their final repose in the present 
possession." The land belongs to Jehovah, but en- 
trusted to the children of Israel in perpetuity. Were 
there ever written abstracts of title for the portions 
allotted to families? An interesting incident in the 
life of Jeremiah the prophet, relative to deeds, is re- 
corded in Chapter 32:7fr. Jeremiah bought a parcel 
of land from his cousin, under the Levirate Law of Re- 
demption. That was his right. Jehovah had advised 
him to make the transaction. And said Jeremiah, 
Chapter 32:9-15 — A.S.V., / bought the field that was 
in Anathoth of Hanamel mine uncle's son, and weighed 
him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver. 
And I subscribed the deed, and sealed it, and called 
ivitnesses, and weighed him the money in the balance. 
So I took the deed of purchase, both that which was 
sealed, according to the law and custom, and that 
which was open: and I delivered the deed of the pur- 
chase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of 
Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel mine uncle's 
son, and in the presence of the witnesses that sub- 
scribed the deed of the purchase, before all the Jews 
that sat in the court of the guard. And I charged 
Baruch before them, saying. Thus saith Jehovah of 
hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, this deed of 
purchase which is sealed, and this deed which is open, 
and put them in an earthen vessel; that they m,ay 
continue many days. For thus saith Jehovah of hosts, 
the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards 
shall yet again be bought in the land. 

Is it possible that the family deeds of all the houses 
of Israel were hidden away in jars, buried in caves, 
where Christ the holder of the legal rights of all 
Israel only knows the locale? This speaker is con- 
vinced that not only the deeds, but many other val- 
uable records and manuscripts are so preserved, that 
when God's time is come, they will be brought to light 
like the Dead Sea scrolls of recent discovery. 

The title deeds are safe in escrow, and when the 
holder is ready, the land, all of it, will be possessed 
by the rightful owners, THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. 

The present work of the uncrowned Prince; the fu- 
ture acceptance and crowning; the present status of 
the Kingdom; the place of the Church in the divine 
plan; the Times of the Gentiles; The Rapture; The 
Second Coming; Armageddon; etc.; all are segments 
for discussion in other prophetic papers. 



SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT 
LAYMEN'S SPRING RALLY 

Saturday — April 17. 1965 
5 P.M. 

FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 

Cumberland, Maryland 



February 27, 1963 



Page Nineteen 



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ENTHUSIASM . . . what is it? 

Gleanings from 
STEWARDSHIP FACTS 

by MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 



WE HEAR SO MUCH about enthusiasm. What is 
it? From whence does it come? 

Anyone who has doodled his way througli an av- 
erage number of committees linows that at some point 
in the proceedings one member, at least, is sure to 
say something lilie this: "We must drum up more en- 
thusiasm. What we need is more really committed 
people. We've got to have a much greater loyalty to 
the cause." Right around the table every head is 
nodded in agreement, but no one has really any idea 
how this desirable result is to be achieved. Just how 
do you set about making people enthusiastic? 

Church committees and boards are not exempt 
from this dilemma. Whether it is a question of stim- 
ulating church attendance, raising a budget, finding 
church school teachers or launching a building pro- 
gram, sooner or later the call goes ^out for more en- 
thusiasm. "If we had that," someone says, "then all 
our problems would be solved." And so, of course, 
they would. 

There is a word that we can link closely with en- 
thusiasm and that is the word loyalty. Enthusiasm 
and loyalty are infectious; they are not products to 
be packaged and sold. If the minister, officers of the 
church, Sunday school teachers, W.M.S. or Laymen 
presidents are not themselves loyal and enthusiastic 
about a project they are promoting — absolutely noth- 
ing will happen. But if they ARE enthusiastic and 
demonstrate loyalty — then this enthusiasm will flow 
through a congregation or a group whether we talk 
about it or not. Still the question remains, how does 
anyone get the enthusiasm in the first place? Have 
you ever found yourself wanting to be more enthu- 
siastic about something but quite unable to sum- 
mon it up? St. Luke 12:34, For where your treasure 
is, there will your heart he also. When we have really 
found this treasure, loyalty and enthusiasm are no 
longer problems. 

No one needs to say to any normal mother: "Have 
a little enthusiasm for your child. Can't you be loyal 
to him?" She knows where her treasure is, and the 
loyalty flows in that direction like a great rushing 
river. 

So it is with everything we prize in life. No one 
needs to urge a young man to show enthusiasm and 



loyalty for the girl who happens to be (and whom 
he may even call) his "treasure." It just happens. 
We put our heart into everybody and everything that 
we really treasure. Whatever is dear to us, our family, 
our home, our vocation, our school or college, a cause, 
an art, a hobby, our country, our church, and our G-od 
— will elicit an instinctive loyalty. There is no surer 
test of the scale of values by which we live than to 
note the kind of things to which we devote the most 
energy and practical enthusiasm. We give them time 
and money and close attention. They arouse emo- 
tions in us that flow deep and strong. Show me the 
things that really arouse you and I shall know where 
your treasure lies. 

We need to re-examine our treasures — what it is 
we really value most in life. Then we need to locate 
our loyalty. I doubt if we could ever find the right 
words to define enthusiasm. In my own words I would 
say, enthusiasm is a thermometer registering our 
degree of loyalty to our treasure. 

A little boy called at a house and proffered some 
picture post cards for ten cents apiece. 

"What are you going to do with the money?" he was 
asked. 

"I am raising a million dollars for earthquake re- 
lief," he answered, and he was so tiny and the amount 
so large the man at the door had to laugh. 

"A million dollars?" he cried. "Do you expect to 
raise it all by yourself?" 

"No, sir," he replied, "there's another little boy help- 
ing me." 



The devil's business is the destruction of all good. 
To those to whom Peter wrote the attitude of the 
devil was that of a roaring lion. It is not always so. 
Sometimes his opposition is stealthy and slimy as 
that of a serpent. At others it is radiant and fascin- 
ating as that of an angel. His purpose is always the 
same, "seeking whom he may devour"; and his method 
is ever that of seeking, watching for the weak moment, 
the unguarded entrance, the unprepared occasion. 

G. Campbell Morgan in THE ANALYZED 
BIBLE (Fleming H. Revell Company) 



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The Brethren Evangelis 




REPORT FROM A TEN DOLLAR CLUB CHURCH 



Winding Waters Brethren Church 



WE HAVE completed about one full quarter (Oc- 
tober 18, 1964 to December 27, 1964) in our new 
church building and we are witnessing a steady growth 
both in numbers and in spiritual life. Our church build- 
ing is now completed and we have been able to meet 
in our new sanctuary for the last six Sundays. The fol- 
lowing will give you an idea of our response for No- 
vember and December. 

Monthly Average 

November December 

Church School 65 70 

Divine Worship 74 78 

Offering $284.48 $283.43 

(Unified Budget requirement per month — $292.00) 
Included in our budget are all of our current expenses 
(both church and Sunday School) plus a ten per cent 
tithe for missions and benevolences. 



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Highest Sunday Attendance 

Church School 74 

Divine Worship 93 

Membership Prospects 

We have twenty-two of the original twenty-five fam- 
ilies signed up to attend tlie church still actively at- 
tending. We also have nine families from the community 
actively attending the church. And we have a total of 
fifty-five families on our prospect list. We have no defi- 
nite membership list as of yet. 

We have good possibilities for growth but we have 
discovered that it takes more than a new church to win 
people. Personal interest and contact are the keys to 
winning new people. Therefore we have begun a definite 
Visitation Evangelism program to reach our prospective 
families in the community. We continue to covet your 
prayers as we continue to reach out for Christ and His 
Church. 

— by Reverend John Brownsberger 




Missionaries' 
MARCH BIRTHDAYS 

March 5 Robert Bischof 

March 11 Mark Bowers 

March 19 Beatrice Bischof 

March 19 Stephen Byler 



s I February 27, 1965 



Page Twenty-one 



ADDRESSES OF NEW MISSIONARIES 



Rev. and Mrs. William K. Curtis 
O'Higgins 3162-68 
Buenos Aires, 29, Argentina 
South America 



Ml-, and Mrs. Harold Bowers 

Waka Schools 

Waka P. 0. Biu via Yola 

Northern Nigeria, 

West Africa 



NEW TEN DOLLAR CLUB MEMBERS 

Brethren Youth Crusaders Wabash, Indiana 

Mrs. Eloise Gilbert Bryan, Ohio 

Mrs. Homer Haas County Line, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Howenstine Canton, Ohio 

Woman's Missionary Society Cheyenne, Wyoming 

Laymen's Organization Cheyenne, Wyoming 



The present TEN DOLLAR CLUB Call is for 
LEVITTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

One-Third of this TEN DOLLAR CLUB call period has passed 

$4100 received to date 



Fountains of Truth 

TF ONE could study and master the books written 

by ten thousand authors, but in the meantime be 
ignorant of the Bible and without salvation, he would 
be far from real, worthwhile education. 

The man who is the lowest down in life without 
God may be as near heaven as the man who is up the 
highest without God. Neither will reach heaven with- 
out repentance and salvation. 

The man who is honest with himself and God will 
be honest with everybody else; but the man who is 
dishonest with himself and God will be dishonest with 
his fellow men. 

If God and conviction lash your conscience it may 
i be just the lashing that you need in order to save 
your soul. Better take heed to the lashing and repent 
with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. 

It is better to grasp a little opportunity to do good 
than let a great opportunity pass unaccepted. Oppor- 
tunities, small or great, can be loaded with blessings 
when graciously accepted, or fall worthless at your 
feet if turned down. 

Seeds — even good seeds — can prove worthless if they 
are kept in close confinement; but may prove to be 
very valuable if sown and well-cultivated. Thus it 
is with one's talents. 

The price that one pays for strong drink may be 
very costly in dollars and cents; but it is far more 
costly in morals, manhood and womanhood, health, 
and the loss of the immortal soul. 

Some people seem to have a special disposition to 
be critical. Well, it never makes them happy, neither 



does it make others happy, and never lifts one to a 
higher and holier plane of living. Dear critic, better 
change about and do some uplifting. 

If you can't do somebody good, it is a mighty good 
point not to do him any harm. In fact you may not 
go wrong if you continue trying to do him good, for 
someday you may greatly succeed. 

Some of the happiest hours and days of one's life 
can be when he is praying for others, speaking kind 
to them, giving good advice, or lending a helping hand 
in time of need or trouble. Try it. 

If you are trying to pull somebody else down just 
realize that you have to be beneath him in order 
to do so; but to lift him up you have to be above him, 
or by his side. A good uplifter is far better than a 
bad downpuller. 

Don't consider yourself important if your position 
in life is to do more harm than good. Important peo- 
ple are those who live for God and bless mankind 
along life's journey. 

It is better to make discords in music and be in 
harmony with God, than to be perfect in music but 
out of harmony with God deep down in your heart, 
mind, soul and spirit. 

Walter E. Isenhour, Minister, 
Taylorsville, N. C. 




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The Brethren Evangelis 




IB rethren 
Youth 




Oak Hill . . . 

Greetings from the Junior BYC of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Oak Hill, West Virginia. We are glad to 
report that our society has been active and increas- 
ing in membership, with an average attendance of 
twenty. 
Officers for 1964-65 are as follows: 
president — Marsha Payne 
vice president — ^Carolyn Mills 
secretary — Beverly Hall 

treasurer Eddy Ingles 

song leader — Janice Nuckells 
ushers — John Mills and Timmy Buskus 
We have selected as our memory verse, Ecclesiastes 
12:1, which is repeated at every meeting. 

We had a Halloween party on October 31, with all 
members present being in costume, A candlelight 
Thanksgiving service was held on November 22. The 
Juniors took part in the program on this Sunday eve- 
ning. Prayers of thanksgiving were offered and re- 
freshments were served. On December 18 a Christ- 
mas party was held. We exchanged gifts, sent cards to 
our shut-ins, and sang carols. 

Our projects so far have been penny partners and 
a Foodless Bake Sale. We are making plans for a 
project for each month up until conference time. 
— Pat Halstead, director 

Kathryn Ingles, ass't director 



Teegarden 



We are a combined group and meet each Sunday 
evening. During the summer months we played volley- 
ball following our devotions. Now we are enjoying 
ping-pong. 

Many of our members took part in the Christmas 
play, "The Characters of Christmas Speak." Follow- 
ing the program we went caroling and then returned 
to the church for hot soup and cocoa. 



We all enjoyed a BYC skating party in November 
We hope to have a good offering to take to Nationa 
Conference for our project. 

— Sheryl Stogsdill, reporter 



Pleasant Hill ... 

We of the Jr. Hi at Pleasant Hill, Ohio, are enjoy^ 
ing the new year. In December we had our missionar; 
lesson and everyone enjoyed it. 

The book of Acts is being studied and at this writ 
ing we are on about Chapter ten. 
Our officers are: 

president — Laina Bryant 
vice president — ^Elizabeth Gilbert 
secretary — Marcia Bryant 
treasurer — Gary Gardner 
reporter — Jan Kraus. 
Our advisor is Mr. Virgil Schaurer. 

— Jan Kraus, reporter 



Smi+hville . . . 

For this year. Ken and Skip Hilty serve as ad 
visors, working hard and doing a grand job! The presi 
dent is Rex McConahay with John Steiner assistini 
him as vice president. Barb Blough and Corinne Kin; 
are secretary and assistant. Julia Berger assists Alvii 
Flory in keeping our money figures in the black. 

In order to make money so far we have had a baki 
sale and car wash. In the spring, a bake sale, ca: 
wash, and rummage sale are scheduled. 

For recreation, in the fall, we had a roller skatin; 
party and went to the church for refreshments o 
cider and donuts. After a few weeks of work and fun 
we presented a Christmas play for the church en^ 
titled "Geraldine and the White Robe." 

During the winter we plan to continue our worl 
on the book of Acts and to do our best at the dis- 
trict contest. 

— Barb Blough, secretary 



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EAGE MEMORIES 



It was your Acting Youth Director's privilege to 
attend the California Conference in January. She 
made the trip with Mr. and Mrs. John Porte, stopping 
at various Brethren Churches on the way out and 
back. These "Mileage Memories" are shared here. 

January 8— left home (Ashland) in chilly weather, 
warmed up to 63 degree as we went through In- 
dianapohs, Indiana, and by night in Illinois, we ran 
into freezing rain. Ice on the car made Porte's brown 
Chevrolet look like a "horny toad." 

January 9 — fine fellowship meal with the Falls City 
Brethren in the evening with John and I presenting 
our flip chart of the "Mission of the Brethren Church." 

January 10 — John had a Layman's Public Service at 
Palls City and I taught Sunday school at Morrill, 
Kansas, with John joining me there for the morning 
service. Another fellowship meal was enjoyed at noon 
in Morrill. That evening we were at Carleton, Nebras- 
ka, where we presented our flip chart program and 
enjoyed seeing our friends there. 

January 11 — up and on the way before dawn. Mile- 
age mounted to over 700 mile before the day came 
to an end — saw a herd of about 30 antelope close to 
the road. Some snow. 

January 12 — another day of over 700 miles found us 
at Reno, Nevada, with a short stop during the day 
at Salt Lake City to see the Mormon Tabernacle and 
Temple (from the outside) . 

January 13 — Donner Pass open for the second con- 
secutive day since the heavy flooding and snows in 
December. New four-lane highway open over the Pass 
but snow plowed out and piled high along the road. 
A quick trip to San Francisco and then ... to the FOG 
at Stockton, California. 

January 14-17 — California Conference at Stockton 
— saw the new church there — the FOG — met many fine 
Brethren and enjoyed their fellowship — the FOG — 
stayed with Larry and Shirley MuUins in Lathrop 
(Shirley a college classmate of mine) — the FOG — 
attended the Lathrop church on Sunday morning 
— the FOG, but fine fellowship and farewell. 

January 18 — left Stockton and the FOG and on to 
Southern California — saw the Pacific several times, 
visited San Juan Bautista Mission and Santa Barbara 
Mission, went through Los Angeles about 7 p. m. Had 
sunshine most of the day. 

January 19 — left Indio, California, and crossed the 
desert into Arizona and on to Phoenix, Tempe, and 
Scottsdale where we presented our program at the 
Papago Park Brethren Church. (Did you know Papago 
means "Bean eaters"?) Oh, yes, Eleanor (Mrs. P) 
picked up a ???small??? Arizona rock for her rock 
garden. Enjoyed visiting the Dicksons and meeting 
the folks at Papago Park. 



January 20— proceded to Tucson, visited old friends 
of the Portes and went to the church where Virgil 
Ingraham showed mission pictures. Visited the Stogs- 
dills. Had supper in a Chinese Restaurant. 

January 21 — went south from Tucson, visiting 
Tumacacori Mission and San Xavier Del Bac Mission 
on the way to Nogales, Mexico, where we spent a 
few hours and ate in a cavern restaurant. Back to 
Tucson, where it was storming — saw beautiful, bril- 
liant double rainbow reminding us of God's prom- 
ise. 

January 22— left Globe, Arizona, and drove north 
and east through Salt River Canyon — beautiful. Chilly 
but just north of Socorro, New Mexico, it was much 
warmer and we went through a sandstorm. By night 
it was cold and snowing at Amarillo, Texas. Wind 
howled all night. 

January 23— left Amarillo early and road was ter- 
rible. We hit ground blizzard and saw more cars and 
trucks in the ditch than we saw on the road. They 
closed the road behind us. On to Mulvane, Kansas, by 
night. 

January 24 — visited Derby where we presented the 
flip chart and enjoyed a noon fellowship with the 
folks there. Got to see firsthand the real need for a 
church at Derby. That evening I spoke at the Mulvane 
youth meeting and John had a Layman's Public Ser- 
vice at Mulvane. After the service we went to the 
annex for a tasty lunch, lots of fun and singing. 

January 25 — left Mulvane and headed for Kansas 
City, did some window shopping and ate supper with 
Porte's son. Jack. 

January 26 — on to Udell, Iowa, where we visited 
Rev. and Mrs. Mast, saw the lovely new Udell par- 
sonage and presented our program at the church. 
Enjoyed meeting the folks at Udell and greeting old 
friends, too. Drove on — eager to get home, maybe 
too eager — did not find a motel until 12:30 a.m. 

January 27 — on the road home after two hours sleep. 
Eleanor and I promptly went back to sleep but after 
a couple of hours and a coffee stop, we had to keep 
awake to see that John did not go to sleep. Good to 
reach home — even among Arizona rocks, palm tree, 
prickly pear cactus and a vicious cactus from the Carl 
Shermans at Mulvane — memories of many miles! 



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Answer in next week's Evangelist. 



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Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial; "Our Seminary and Recruitment" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Coming Events 4 

Daily Devotions — March 14-20 5 

Children's Devotions — March 14-20 6 

"The Uncrowned Prince" 

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Sunday School Lesson Comments 9 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 

MINISTERIAL RECRUITMENT 

ONE OF THE MAJOR concerns which our de- 
nomination faces today is that of ministerial 
recruitment. We have in the recent past made 
available the improvement of our Seminary 
building in all respects, but we have not done 
too much in way of recruiting young men to the 
ministry. We need to work at this! 

Be sure to read the material in this issue of 
our magazine relative to the work that is being 
done for the physical needs of our Seminary. It 
will thrill your heart to know that Brethren peo- 
ple have responded as they have. But as you 
read this, be sure to keep in mind the problem 
■of recruitment. We need more men in the Semi- 
nary training for the ministry! 



SONG OF THE RYE 

I was made to be eaten. 
And not to be drank; 

To be threshed in the barn, 
Not soaked in a tank. 

I come as a blessing 

When put through a mill — 
As a blight and a curse 

When run through a still. 

Make me up in loaves. 
And your children are fed; 

But, if into drink, 
I'll starve them instead. 

In bread I'm a servant. 

The eater shall rule; 
In drink I am master. 

The drinker a fool. 



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"A Christian may be a blot or a blessing. A 
blank he cannot be." 




The Missionary Board 21 

Sisterhood 22 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches .... 22 
The Grospel Light Conference 23 



March 6, 1965 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



SOME MOST EXCITING things are happening 
to our Seminary under the direction of Dr. 
Joseph R. Shultz, Dean. Some of tlaese exciting 
tilings appear on the pages of this issue of The 
Brethren Evangelist ; otlier exciting things could 
be told but we will have to wait until they are 
announced by our Dean — however, we can say 
that the Seminary is going forward in every re- 
spect ! 

The existence of the Brethren Church depends 
upon our Seminary. The future teachings and 
doctrines of the Brethren Church depend upon 
our Seminary. The future ministry of the Breth- 
ren Church depends upon our Seminary. As the 
Seminary goes, so goes the Brethren Church. 

Let it be said here without reservation that 
the theology of our Seminary is most conserva- 
tive in nature and our young men are taught the 
basic truths of the Word of God. We are very for- 
tunate in having a most dedicated faculty; each 
one is interested only in teaching the Word to our 
men in its purest form. We Brethren have much 
for which to be thankful when we think of our 
Seminary. 

We know that the Brethren Church is behind 
this institution because of her recent response 
to the Seminary Development Program as out- 
lined by the committee. Over $150,000 have been 
pledged and given to this program! This speaks 
well of our denomination ! We know the impor- 
tance of the work of our Seminary! 

Now, how does this relate to recruitment? 

Our assets are many: new classrooms; soon, 
a new library; an excellent faculty; and a good 
curriculum. We now need students! Brethren stu- 
dents, that is! The Brethren Church needs to 
awaken to the fact that men are needed who have 
been reared in our local churches. To be sure, 
the local church has supported the recent Semi- 
nary program by her material wealth, but our 
responsibilities do not end here — we are also re- 
sponsible for the recruitment of men for the Chris- 



Our Seminafy 
and Kecruiimmt 



tian ministry! Many of our local churches have 
not given even one man to this ministry over a 
period of sixty years or more, while others have 
given several. The local congregation should con- 
stantly be aware of young men who are in the 
slightest way interested in the ministry! Once 
a young man has indicated his interest, the con- 
gregation's responsibilities are manifold. 

1. If the young man is sincere in his feeling 
that God has called him to the ministry, then 
the congregation should call him to this task. Such 
action must be recorded for future use. 

2. The congregation must give spiritual en- 
couragement to the young man. 

3. The young man must be given the oppor- 
tunity to develop in leadership during the first 
years following the decision to enter the ministry. 

4. When the young man enters college and 
seminary for training, the local church does have 
a responsibility of financial assistance when 
needed. 

5. The pastor of the congregation can give 
much asistance to such a young man by having 
personal interest in him. 

Many times a congregation will allow the young 
man to forget the promise which he made to God 
in earlier years, he should be reminded often of 
the call which he has received. 

Another problem which the young man faces 
many times is that his parents are not interested 
in their son becoming a minister. They feel, many 
times, that the material gain is not enough; or 
they realize the problems that the minister faces 
as he deals with the members of his congregation ; 
or they have seen a pastor driven from a local 
situation by a few unloving "believers," and have 
sensed the agony that the pastor faces. They do 
not want this for their son, they say. Let it be 
said here that the parents' responsibilities in such 
cases are to encourage the son to answer God's 
call ! A call from God supercedes all other desires ! 

The Brethren Church must recruit young men 
to her ministrv! S.G. 



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Sarasota, Fla. Two new members 
were brought into the fellowship 
of the church by transfer of letter 
recently according to Rev. J. D. 
Hamel, pastor. 

Mt. Olive, Va. Rev. John F. Locke 
reports that new lighting over the 
Pulpit and choir areas has proved 
to be an excellent improvement. 

Bethlehem, Va. Mr. and Mrs. George 
R. Liskey recently celebrated their 
golden wedding anniversary. On 
January 24, the Hi-Y clubs of the 
Turner Ash'by High school attended 
the morning service accompanied 
by faculty advisors and interested 
members of their families. 

Washington, D. C. Rev. Jerry Flora 
reports that three were recently 
brought into the fellowship of the 
church by letter. The congregation 
has now entered into an intensi- 
fied campaign to raise funds for 
the new addition to the church. 

Berlin, Pa. Mr. Karl Hay and Mrs. 
Ralph Mills were called to serve 
the church as a deacon and deacon- 
ess and the service of ordination 
was conducted recently according 
to Rev. Ralph Mills, pastor. 

Johnstown II, Pa. Rev. Charles Low- 
master reported in his newsletter 
of February 9 that he had resigned 
as pastor to accept a call to the 
First Brethren Church of Elkhart, 
Indiana. His resignation is effective 
as of the end of June. 

Meyersdale, Pa. Rev. Robert L. Hoff- 
man reports that all assistant Sun- 
day School teachers are enrolled in 
a Leadership Training course. Also, 
thirty-two persons recently re- 
ceived perfect attendance, pins in 
the Sunday Scliool for the past 
year. 

Newark, Ohio. Rev. Virgil Ingra- 
ham. General Secretary of the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Bi-ethren 
Church, was the guest speaker at 
a week-end World Missions Con- 



ference, February 5-7. Rev. Thomas 
A. Shannon, pastor, reports this to 
be a very excellent conference. 

Vinco, Pa. Rev. Henry Bates reports 
that three were recently received 
into the membership of the church 
by baptism. 

Muncie, Ind. Rev. Wayne Swihart 
reports that one person was bap- 
tized and received into the fellow- 
ship of the church on Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 7. 

South Bend, Ind. Rev. John T. Byler 
was the speaker for a devotional 
program over WNDU radio and TV 
station during the week of Feb- 
ruary 14. 

Derby, Kans. Rev. M. W. Dodds re- 
ports that one person was received 
into membership of the church on 
Sunday, January 17. 



COMING EVENTS 

Winding Waters 
Ellfhart, Indiana — 

Bible Conference on the Book of 

Hebrews 
April 2-4 

Church Dedication Service 
April 4 
Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Guest 

Speaker for both events. 
Rev. John Brownsberger, Pastor. 

Bryan, Oliio — 

Revival Services 

March 21-31 

Rev. Harold Barnett, Evangelist 

Rev. Smith F. Rose, Pastor 

lloanoke, Ind. — 

Missionary Conference 

March 28-31 

Rev. Virgil Ingraham, 

Guest Speaker 
Rev. Gilbert L. Dodds, Pastor 

Cerro Gordo, 111. — 

Spring Revival Services 



March 29-April 9 

Rev. W. E. Thomas, Evangelist 

Rev. Elmer M. Keck, Pastor 

Milledgeville, 111. — 

Revival Services 

April 26-May 2 

Rev. Kenneth Howard, Evangelist 

Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel, Pastor 



Memorials 

LAUGHLIN. Harry Laughlin, 89, 
of Greencastle, Pa., died at Garlock 
Memorial Convalescent Hospital, 
Hagerstown, Md. He had been a resi- 
dent of the Antrim Township area 
for the past 62 years, and was a 
member of the Wayne Heights Breth- 
ren Church. Funeral services were 
held at the Zimmerman Funeral 
Home with Rev. Marlin McCann of- 
ficiating. Burial was in Cedar Hill 
Cemetery. 

* * * 

FUNKHOUSER. Mr. Frank M. 
Funkhouser of Toms Brook, Virginia, 
departed this life February 2, 1965, 
at the age of 82. He had served God 
for many years as a member of the 
Maurertown Brethren Church. He 
had been a trustee for many years 
as well as serving in other offices. 
Services were held in the Maurer- 
town Brethren Church with the un- 
dersigned and Dr. John F. Locke 
officiating. Interment was in the Riv- 
erview Cemetery, Strasburg, Vir- 
ginia. 

Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas 

PRESTON. Mr. Clyde (Bob) Pres- 
ton, 59, passed away on January 27, 
at Piqua Memorial Hospital. He left 
his wife, Marie, and three daughters, 
Mrs. Thomas A. Schultz (Patricia) of 
Gratis; Mrs. Rebecca Coate of Pleas- 
ant Hill and Mrs. Cynthia Alexander 
of Pleasant Hill. Funeral services 
were conducted at the First Brethren 
Church, Pleasant Hill, Ohio, with the 
undersigned and Rev. Cecil Bolton, 
Jr., in charge. Burial was in the 
Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 

Rev. Thomas A. Schultz 



Needed for 
THE BRETHREN'S HOME 

A two-row corn planter is needed 
very badly for the Brethren's Home 
farm, if you have one that can be 
used, contact Rev. Wm. Livingston, 
Superintendent of the home, Flora, 
Indiana. 



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Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIME" 
Theme for March — "BY HIS SPIRIT DWELLING IN YOU' 



Writer for March — Dr. Harold Barnett 
March 14-20 — "Leadership of the Spirit" 



Sunday, March 14, 1965 

Read Scripture: Acts 10:19 

The Macedonian vision of Paul 
dramatically teaches that God 
leads His children along. The sons 
of God are led by the Spirit of God. 
If we are "in the Spirit" we are 
sensitive to His leading. By Bible 
study and prayer God's Spirit in- 
structs, illumines, impresses and 
motivates us in the direction of 
God's will for our lives and through 
our lives to others. Spirit-fllled peo- 
■are going to be at Prayer Meeting 
and at the other services of their 
house of worship unless providen- 
tially hindered. They are going to 
witness to the unsaved. They are 
interested in home and world mis- 
sions. They are good stewards of 
■time, talents and possessions. This 
is an "either-or" proposition. 

The spiritual needs of humanity 
are the basic needs and how des- 
perate they are today! Like Paul, 
let us follow God's leading by the 
"vision" the Holy Ghost imparts to 
us through the Bible. 

The Day's Thought 
Only when God's Spirit leads do 
we make any progress. 

Monday, March 15, 1965 

Read Scripture: Acts 13:2 

God's people were waiting upon 
the Lord and the Spirit commanded 
them to separate Barnabas and 
Saul for the work of missions. First, 
they were worshipping, waiting, 
praying and fasting before the 
Lord in order to know His will. Are 
we doing this? Are we listen- 
ing? Are we where God answers 
prayers? Are we REALLY praying? 
Each of us is to be a missionary, 
a minister and a witness for God — 
all the time, everywhere! Each of 
us MUST be separated unto God 
and from the world of carnality 
and sin. Here is another "either- 
or" proposition. God's Spirit only 
anoints and approves of those who 



are separated from sin and led of 
the Spirit. Only such people should 
be in the positions of leadership of 
others! Surely we must all agree to 
this. 

The Day's Thought 
God has separated us frojii the 
world in order that by means of 
us the Gospel of salvation might 
be proclaimed to the world! 

Tuesday, March 16, 1965 

Read Scripture: Acts 16:6 

The Holy Ghost certainly speaks 
to us in definite terms within our 
souls. We ICNOW He is leading a 
specific way. We cannot always ex- 
plain it to others unless they, too, 
have had a similar experience. The 
Spirit of God just as definitely 
tells us NOT to go or do as He tells 
us to go and do. The negative com- 
mands of God express His positive 
will. 

When there was sin in the camp 
'Of the Israelites following the fall 
of Jericho it was useless for the 
army to go against tiny Ai because 
God was not with them. They were 
miserably defeated! What they 
should have been doing was ridding 
themselves of the sin against G'od 
and repenting — not further battle. 
Ultimate victory is only to those 
who attain it God's way. 
The Day's Thought 

When God's Spirit leads us He 
may tell us "no" as well as "yes." 

Wednesday, March 17, 1965 

Read Scripture: Romans 8:14 

The Spirit of God leads us who 
are sons of God. If He is not lead- 
ing us and if we are not following 
His leading, we are therefore not 
sons of God. We may call ourselves 
"Christians," but if we are not fol- 
lowing the Spirit's leading the 
name does not apply to us. 
"Be not deceived, God is not 
mocked . . ." Where do you think 
God's Spirit would ordinarily lead 



you at worship or Prayer Meet- 
ing? Do you think He would lead 
you NOT to read your Bible, pray, 
witness, give, etc.? WHO is leading 
us anyway? The Holy Spirit or the 
spirit ;of spirits of demons and 
devils? 

The Spirit leads us the way of 
the cross which Christ traveled. It 
is the way of self-denial and cross- 
bearing. It is the way of duty and 
responsibility made glorious by 
love, joy, peace, happiness and all 
that it means to be "led by the 
Spirit." 

The Day's Thought 

All men follow something or 
someone, but as for me I will fol- 
low the leading of the Holy Spirit 
of God. 

Thursday, March 18, 1965 

Read Scripture: John 6:63 

Man can accomplish nothing in 
the way of eternal "profit" in the 
flesh. Our natural flesh must at 
death return to the earth if Christ 
tarries. If Christ comes this flesh 
still must be changed since it, and 
we in it, cannot inherit eternal 
life. The body has no lasting reality 
or value. It is the Spirit of God 
dwelling within us that gives our 
spiritual soul and being everlasting 
hfe. 

We are saved by faith in the Son 
of God through the agency of the 
Holy Spirit. Faith comes from God 
when we hear and believe the Bi- 
ble, also through the Holy Spirit's 
agency. The words of the Gospel 
are words 'of "spirit, and they are 
life." 

The Day's Thought 
Our interest and emphasis should 
always be upon the spiritual things 
of God and not upon the fleshly 
things of man. 

Friday, March 19, 1965 

Read Scripture: Romans 8:12 

We owe nothing to the flesh. We 
live according to God's love, mercy 
and grace. He has made us and 
redeemed us. His Spirit fills, em- 
powers and leads us. Our flesh 
must die or be changed. Only the 
things of the Spirit live on. There- 
fore, we should not always be so 
concerned about preserving the 
flesh. It is shameful the way some 
clothe, feed, adorn, pamper and 
show the flesh. Their wants, "joys" 
and thrills are all centered in the 
flesh. They are so concerned about 
the flesh that will rot, taut give little 



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attention and care to their never- 
dying souls! 

We 'owe God everything, but 
nothing to the Devil or sinful flesh. 
We owe all men the Gospel and 
"constraining love" to the end that 
they might be saved. All medical, 
educational and food ministries to 
the needy by the church must keep 
the spiritual uppermost! 

The Day's Thought 

The Holy Spirit leads us in a 
spiritual ministry in a physical and 
material world cursed by sin whose 
basic ailment is separation from 
God. 



Saturday, March 20, 1965 

Read Scripture: II Oor. 3:6 

The only way to live spiritually 
and to be approved of God is to 
have the Holy Spirit living within. 
Salvation is a personal experience 
whereby all things become new. 
You cannot be educated into it, you 
cannot think and reason your way 
in, you can't be good enough, obey 
enough laws nor in any way earn 
your salvation. It is a gift of God 
through Christ, which is wrought 
in the heart and life by the Spirit 
of God. He is fire, power, light, and 
heat. The "letter" of the law, works 



of righteousness, being good "mor- 
al" citizens, etc., will not suffice. 

We only receive life by the Spirit 
and He is the only one who makes 
us "able ministers of the New Tes- 
tament . . ." which is founded in 
the blood of the Lamb of God. 
All the "letter" of the law can do 
is to say we are "guilty" before 
God since no one can obey God's 
law in the flesh and by the will of 
man only. The Holy Spirit makes 
all the difference. 

The Day's Thought 

"Lead, Kindly Light, amid the 
encircling gloom; lead Thou me 
on." 




CHILDREN'S 

DAILY DEVOTIONS - - - 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



Memory Scripture for the month — Luke 19:10 

For the So7i of man is come to seek and to save that 
which was lost. 

March 14 - 20 



SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 5:27-32 

Linda Wonders 

"Is something wrong, Linda?" asked IVEom. "You 
don't seem as cheerful as usual this morning." 

"Jane Owens said she would go to church with me 
this morning," replied Linda. 

"That should make you very happy," Mom said. 
"You've been trying for a long time to get Jane to go 
to church with you." 

"I am glad," answered Linda, "but I'm wondering 
what the other girls will say when they see me with 
her. You know she cheats at school and lies to her 
parents. She doesn't have many friends because of 
the way she talks and acts. What will the other girls 
think when they see me with her?" 

"Jesus ate dinner with a man," reminded Mom, 
"who didn't have many friends. People didn't like the 
way he acted. They thought it was strange Jesus 
would go to his house. Jesus told them He came to tell 
the sinners of God. He was a friend to this man. Soon 
the man was one of Jesus' close followers." 

"Jesus wants me to be a friend to Jane. Doesn't 
He?" asked Linda. 

"Yes," replied Mom. "He doesn't want you to talk 
like her or to do the things she does. He wants you 



to speak kindly to her, to take her to church, and 
to help her learn of Him." 

"I'm glad Jane's going with me this morning," 
smiled Linda. "I'm sure the other girls will be friendly 
to her, too." 
Prayer : 

Dear Jesus, show me ways to help others to learn 
of You. May I toe willing to invite anyone who does 
not know You to go to church with me. Amen. 

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 6:27-31 

The Marble Game 

Gary and Jack were playing marbles. Gary took 
careful aim with his shooter and sent it rolling into 
the circle. The last of Jack's marbles went out. Gary 
picked it up as the other boys shouted, "Gary's the 
winner! Good for you, Gary!" 

Gary smiled. "Thanks, fellows." . 

Then he turned to Jack. "It was fun playing with 
you. You're a good sport." 

Gary opened his marble bag and took out a handful 
of marbles. "Here, Jack," he said. "I want you to have 
these." 

"Thanks," grinned Jack. "It was fun playing with 
you, too." 

Just then the school bell rang. As the to'oys hur- 
ried to get in line Ricky asked, "Why did you give 
Jack all those marbles? You won." 

"Did you see Jack's bag of marbles?" wondered 
Gary. "He didn't have many left. He's lost to so many 
of the fellows his marbles are almost gone. If I lost 
that many I would be glad if someone shared with 
me." 

By then the boys were inside the school. They 
pulled off their caps and walked silently to their class- 
room. 
Prayer: 

Dear God, help me to think of how others feel. Help 
me to treat them as I would like for them to treat 
me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 6:35-38 



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Do Good 

"Hi, Mom," oalled Gary as he dropped his books 
on the desk. "Mrs. Wilson is trying to rake her lawn. 
I'm going to help her." 

"Hi," said Linda. "I'm going, too." 

"Fine," said Mom. 

"Me, too," said Betsy. "Me help, too." 

"No," laughed Mom. "Not this time. Gary and Linda 
can do better without your help." 

"That's for sure!" laughed Gary. 

Betsy looked so sad Mommy told her, "Get your 
sweater, Betsy. We'll take a little walk." 

Later, when the family was eating supper, Gary 
said, "It was fun helping Mrs. Wilson." 

"That's because you were following Jesus' teach- 
ings," said Dad. "He tells us to be happy we can do 
good to others. He said we should give to others. You 
children gave your playtime to help Mrs. Wilson. It 
was fun because you were doing what Jesus wanted 
you to do." 
Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, thank You for my hands and feet. Show 
me ways to use them to help others. May I try every 
day to follow You and to do good. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 6:46-49 
The House 

Betsy was playing in her sand box when Linda and 
Gary came home from school. 

''House! See house!" she called pointing to a pile 
of sand in the box. 

"That's a nice house," said Gary. "Shall I make a 
door and a sidewalk for you?" 

"And I'll make some windows," said Linda. 

The children added these improvements to the 
house. As they were looking at it a playful wind came 
along and blew it down. 

"Oh!" said Betsy. "House all gone." 

"Yes," laughed Gary. "We're like the foolish man 
in the Bible. We built our house on the sand. We 
didn't have a foundation under it." 

"I like that story," said Linda. "It means Jesus 
should be the foundation for our lives. Then we'll be 
strong even when trouble comes." 
Prayer : 

Thank You, Jesus, for the stories You told. Help 
me to understand them better. Help me to make 
You the foundation for my life. Amen. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 7:2-10 

He Will Help 

The children were playing in the yard. Queenie 
came limping to Gary. She looked up at him and 
whined. 

"What's wrong, Queenie?" he asked as he knelt 
beside her. 

The dog laid her paw in his lap. Then Gary saw 
it had a splinter in it. 

"Wait right here," he told her. 

Gary went into the house. Soon he came back with 
the tweezers and a small bottle. Queenie whined when 
Gary took her paw, but she sat very still. Gary took 
hold of the splinter with the tweezers and gently 



pulled it out. Then he sprayed some of the medicine 
from the bottle on it. 

"There," he said. "That will keep the germs out of 
your sore." He patted the dog's head. "You'll soon 
feel better." 

Queenie whined her thanks and then curled up in 
the sunshine to look at her sore paw. 

Queenie knew Gary loved her and would help her. 
That's why she took her sore paw to him. 

The man in the Bible story knew Jesus could help. 
That's why he sent messengers to Him. 

Do you know Jesus can help you? Do you take all 
your problems to Him? 
Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, may my faith be great. May I know You 
will always help me if I bring my problems to You. 
Amen. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 7:11-15 

No Longer Dead 

Gary and his friends were playing cowboys and 
Indians. "I got you," shouted one boy. "You're dead!" 

Gary fell to the ground. Queenie came over and 
sniffed him. Then she licked his face. 

"Oh, Queenie," laughed Gary rolling over, "I'm not 
really hurt." 

Soon he was up and running with the other boys 
again. 

From time to time another boy would fall to the 
ground. In a short time, he, too, would be up and 
running. 

The boys were playing. If they had really been 
dead Queenie could not have made them roll over 
by licking their faces. They could not have gotten up 
and played again. 

The boy in our Bible story was really dead. They 
were having his funeral. Jesus touched him and he 
sat up. Only Jesus could bring the dead back to life. 
Jesus is God's Son. 
Prayer : 

Dear God, help me tj understand and to believe the 
Bible stories. Help me to know Jesus is Your Son. 
In His name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 8:22-25 

The Storm 

It was storming when Gary got up. The lightning 
flashed. The thunder rumbled loudly. The wind blew 
so hard there were small limbs from the trees all over 
the yard. And the rain! Gary had never seen it come 
down so fast before. 

"Oh, no!" he exclaimed. "Grandpa was going to 
take us fishing today." 

"We can't even go outside in this storm," said Lin- 
da as she came to the window beside her brother. 
"I wouldn't want to be in a boat!" 

"I know some people who were in a tooat in a bad 
storm hke this," said Dad as he joined the children. 

"Didn't their boat upset? Weren't they afraid?" 
wondered Gary. 

"Most of them were afraid," answered Dad. "No, 
their boat didn't upset because the other person was 
Jesus." 



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"Oh, I remember that story," laughed Linda. "He 
spoke to the wind and the rain and the storm stopped." 

"That's because He's God's Son," added Gary. "Let's 
think of something good we can play in the house 
until this storm stops." 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for the sunshine and the 
rain. I know even the storms are needful. Help me 
not to be afraid but to know You plan all things for 
the best. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



The 

UNCROWNED 

PRINCE 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 



XX 



THE PROMISE God made to David that "Thy house 
and thy kingdom shall be made sure forever 
before thee: thy throne shall be established forever," 
necessitates an unbroken line of royal Seed forever. 
In the paper THE PROCESSION OF THE ROYAL 
SEEID, the line was traced from David to Jesus the 
son of Mary according to the flesh, but the heir of 
Joseph according to the law of heredity. Joseph, the 
carpenter of Nazareth, was under the curse which 
for fourteen generations had been invoked upon the 
seed >ot Jechoniah (Jer. 22:24-30; Matt. 1:12-17). No 
son of his flesh could ever sit on David's throne. The 
entire blood line from Joseph back to Solomon was 
rejected, and another son of David, the next older 
than Solom'on was selected. His name was Nathan. 
Luke in his Gospel enumerates the Nathan line to 
Mary (Luke 3:23-31). But the line of Nathan did not 
carry the throne rights, only the blood stream of 
David. Jehovah had chosen the legal line before 
Solomon was born (I Ohron. 22:9-10), and the choice 
reposed in him and his seed forever. As Jehovah had 
chosen Solomon from among the sons of David to 
inherit the throne, so He chose Jesus the adopted 
son of Joseph, the Incarnate Son of Mary over the 
other sons of Joseph. When the miraculous concep- 
tion of Jesus was announced to Mary, the messenger 
of God said to her, "And the Lord God shall give unto 
him the throne of his father David: and he shall 
reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his 
Kingdom there shall be no end." Note Gabriel did not 
say "rule over the house of Judah," but "over the 
house of Jacob." When Jesus the Christ becomes 
King, He will rule over the reunited Israel, as Ezekiel 
spake the word of Jehovah, "Behold, I will take the 
children of Israel from among the nations, whither 
they are gone, and I will gather them on every side, 
and bring them into their own land: and I will make 
them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of 
Israel; and one king shall be king to them all; and 



they shall no more be two nations, neither shall they 
be divided into two kingdoms any more at all . . . 
And my servant David shall be King over them." 

Jesus grew to manhood at Nazareth. When He was 
ready for His work, the prophesied herald proclaimed 
Him. John the Baptist quoted his credentials as the 
"forerunner" from Isaiah (40:3), and his message 
was "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 
The Kingdom was at hand because the Prince of 
Israel was present, ready to offer Himself as King. 
When he heard that John was imprisoned for his 
ministry, Jesus took up the cry, Repent: for the king- 
dom of heave?i is at hand (Matt. 4:17). He was ready. 
He began to declare Himself. In the synagogue at 
Nazareth, Jesus stood up and read His credentials 
from Isaiah 61, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
because he hath anointed me to preach good tidings 
to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken- 
hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and 
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them 
that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of 
the Lord (Luke 4:18, 19). He immediately followed 
the declaration of Himself by demonstrating His mis- 
sion healing all manner of disease, and all manner 
of sickness among the people (Matt. 4:23, 24). He 
gathered His disciples about Him on the mountain 
and "taught them" the principles of His Kingdom 
(Matt. 5 — 7) . He must now demonstrate His Princely 
claim through miracle working. 

The first message the Prince must deliver was to 
the priests, the spiritual representatives of the peo- 
ple. A leper came and worshiped Him saying, "Lord 
if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." The leper 
was typical of Israel and his leprosy a type of Israel's 
sin. If Israel would accept Him and turn to Him 
seeking healing, Jesus was ready to stretch forth 
His hand and heal her. Said Jesus to the cleansed 
leper, quoting from Leviticus 13:49, "Go show thyself 
to the priest." That should have been evidence enough 
if the priests had not been blind. 

Then Jesus, according to Matthew 8:16, 17, ful- 
filled another prophecy in casting out demons and 
healing the sick. In the healing of the "sick of the 
palsy" (Matt. 9:2-6), typifying palsied Israel, Jesus 
forgave his sins; and in raising the ruler's daugh- 
ter (9:18-25) proclaimed that He could awaken sleep- 
ing Israel. But Israel would have none of Him. Op- 
position grew stronger with every demonstration of 
His claim. And when He had declared Himself as 
greater than the temple (Matt. 12:1-8); and showed 
that He was the Lord of the Sabbath in the syna- 
gogue (9-13), the rulers repeated Him and "took coun- 
sel how they might destroy him." The venom of the 
Pharisees was so great that they charged Him with 
being in league with "Beelzebub the prince of demons" 
(12:22-37). Jesus' final reply was His challenge to 
them of blasphemy against the Spirit because it was 
by the Spirit that Jesus cast out demons (v. 28, 31, 32) . 

Although the formal rejection of the Prince did not 
occur until the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on 
that first Palm Sunday, Jesus knew that in the hearts 
of the rulers of the Jews, His rejection was final. 

The Prince of Israel as the Son of God and familiar 
with the precarnate plan must now turn to the next 
phase of His ministry. He had known all along that 
Israel would reject Him as their Prince. The counsels 



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of the Holy Trinity had made provision for each 
step in the consummation of the plan of the ages. 
The rejection by Israel in no way changed the status 
of the Prince. God had made Him a "Prince and a 
Savior" (Acts 5:31) and Peter declared Him "the 
Prince of Life" (Acts 3:15). 

From the human point of view, all would be hope- 
less if the Prince from heaven was rejected. Not so 
with God. His plan will triumph. The business of 
the Kingdom of the heavens must carry on. The 
Prince must prepiare His disciples for the work, and 
He began at once. He gave them the principles and 
blessings of His Kingdom in the so-called sermon on 
the mount. He must now invest the time until Cal- 
vary training the little band to assume the respon- 
sibility; for He must leave the affairs of His King- 
dom in the hands of men. What a task to get them 
ready. The disciples were steeped in the traditions 
of the Judaism of their day. "O slow of heart to be- 
lieve" said He to them. 

As the Lord, the Prince, knew that the Jews would 
reject Him as their King, He also knew that His 
Kingdom affairs in the hands of men would soon be 
in a sorry mess. But since Israel had rejected Him, 
He turned His back on Israel. 

In the prophetic teaching of the Bible, the land 
or the house always refers to Israel and the sea re- 
fers to the nations of the Gentiles. The twelfth chap- 
ter of Matthew records the rejection of the Kingdom 
of Israel. The thirteenth chapter sets forth what 
would occur in the Kingdom affairs in man's hand. 
The thirteenth chapter is definitely therefore pro- 
phetic. Note its very first verse. "On that day went 
Jesus out of the house and sat by the seaside." He 
turned away from Israel and set His face toward the 
nations of the world. The plan of God had taken into 
consideration all of the developments. 

In the economy of God "all of the nations are to 
be blessed through Israel." God promised it to Abra- 
ham and his seed (Gen. 22:18). Israel is the seed 
of Abraham. Paul gave emphasis in Galatians 3:8, 
And the Scriptures, foreseeing that God ivould justify 
the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel before- 
hand unto Abraham, saying. In thee shall all the 
nations be blessed. God was ready for Israel to be 
a blessing to all nations when Jesus offered Himself 
as King. Israel's acceptance would have ushered in 
the golden age, and as God's chosen people the gra- 
cious ministry would have begun. But God couldn't 
wait on Israel. He must be a blessing to the nations 
without Israel. Jesus pronounced the sentence. Said 
He, "Because thou knewest not the time of thy visi- 
tation (Luke 19:44), "behold your house is left unto 
you desolate." 

Israel was set aside. The Gentiles must have an op- 
portunity. Paul explained it to the Romans (Ch. 11), 
that 'a "hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until 
the fulness of the Gentiles be come in." However, Is- 
rael does not end there. Paul further said that "by 
their fall, salvation is come unto the Gentiles." He 
likened Israel to branches being broken off of the 
favorite tree, that the Gentiles might be grafted in, 
but he hastened to explain, "if they continue not in 
their unbelief, they shall be grafted in again . . . 
and so all Israel shall be saved." Yea, Israel's house 
was left unto her desolate, but one day she shall "look 



upon him whom they pierced" and own Him as her 
Prince. Then the nations of the world will be blessed 
through Israel when Christendom reaches its final 
failure. 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyriglited by the International Council 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for March 14, 1965 
INHERITORS OF THE KINGDOM 

Text: Matthew 21:28-31; 22:1-14 

Intention Versus Actions 

The intent of this parable is to remind the hearers 
that good intentions and right words are no substitute 
for action. Some people talk a good religion while others 
live it. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and 
doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 4:17). cf. 2:22, 24. 

What an insult this parable is to the socialites; the 
"better than thou" church members who have a distaste 
for the exceptionally wicked "low class." 

Response to the Invitation — Matt. 22:1-14 

This parable is one showing the rejection of Israel 
(and other self-righteous people) by God and the ac- 
ceptance of "whosoever believeth." 

22:3 — The invitation to official Israel to come and 
i-eceive salvation in Jesus Christ, signified by the wed- 
ding feast, was flatly rejected by the ruling class of 
Israel before the crucifixion occurred. 

22:4-6 — From the cross to the destruction of Jerusa- 
lem, about the year 70 A. D., Christians went into the 
world to invite the Jews a second time, but the servants 
only met persecution. 

22:7 — Since the Jews were hardened against Jesus 
Christ, God sent forth His Roman armies under Titus to 
destroy these people and their city Jerusalem. This 
burning of Jerusalem is but an example of the judgment 
that will befall everyone who hardens himself against 
Jesus. 

22:8-10 — Every soul in the world is being invited to 
Jesus. It is not the business of the servants to judge the 
people wlio ai'e responding to the invitation. Let all 
come who will. 

22:11-13 — Each guest is to wear a robe of righteous- 
ness provided by the King. (Such wedding garments were 
customarily provided by the very wealthy of this part 
of the East.) This righteousness is only that which is 
in Christ. A man attempts to share in the feast but flatly 
and purposely refuses to wear the garment provided. He 
thinks his own good enough. This is an insult to the King. 
Such self-righteous persons MUST be thrown out of 
the Kingdom. 




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Brethren 
Youth 
Crusaders 



PARTY LINE TO . . . 



VINCO, PA. 



Our advisors this year are Duane and Barbara Metz- 
ger and our officers are: 

President — ^Nancy Bates 
Vice President — Diane Gillespie 
Treasurer — Donna McDowell 
Ass't. Treasurer — John Bobenage 
Secretary — Debbie Cobaugh 
Ass't. Secretary — Audrey Coleman, 
Since our project this year is raising money for 
Derby, Kansas, we had our assistant treasurer flx 
up a regular "derby hat" for the purpose of obtaining 
money. On the third Sunday of each month we set 
this hat in the rear of the church so that anyone 
wishing to contribute may do so. 

This year we have been planning our meetings 
several months in advance. Some of the programs 
have been given by the officers and other members 
of the youth group. We have also seen several film- 
strip series. One which was of great interest to all 
included dating, going steady and choosing friends. 
Plans are being made to have a bowling party, 
taffy pull and many other interesting, fun-filled ac- 
tivities. 

— Debbie Cobaugh, secretary 



. . . PLEASANT HILL, OHIO 

We missed several meetings during the past three 
months because of union services in town, the Christ- 
mas program, bad weather and the Youth Rally but 
we have tried to study at home so as not to get be- 
hind in our study of Acts. One evening we attended 
worship services as a group to hear a representative 
of the Bible Meditation League. 

The outstanding social event for we juniors was our 
Watch Night Service. Plans were made by the officers 
and our advisors worked out the games. After refresh- 
ments we went to the sanctuary for a worship and 



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candlelighting service with meditations by Betsy 
Kraus, Sherry Gardner, David Gilbert and Clara 
Bolton. At midnight we each rang the church bell. 
A church birthday party was planned also to help 
with our project offering. 

— ^Sarah Bryant, secretary 



LANARK, ILL. 



The Lanark Senior BYC started the year off with a 
paper drive which was very successful. At our firs: 
meeting we elected officers which are as follows: 

President — ^Marv Noser 

Vice President — Steve Guenzler 

Secretary — ^Sharon Downs 

Treasurer — Ron Witt 

Reporter — Greg Sisler 

Public Relations Chairman — Joanne Iske 

Sponsors — ^Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Witt 
It was decided we would use Scripture Press Train- 
ing Hour material at our meetings this year which 
would be held on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. 

At one of our meetings we invited two of our high 
school teachers to talk and answer questions on "Why 
Study?" And believe, teachers can talk! We know be- 
cause our meeting was not one hour but two hours 
long. We hope to do this again for we had very good 
discussions. 

For projects, we had a car wash on October 31 and 
a pumpkin pie sale on November 25. On October 24 
we had a hayride with guests and on November 14 
our group got together and played games at one of 
the member's home. On December 20 our Junior and 
Senior BYC groups went caroling at the Shannon 
Nursing Home. We put on a program for the resid- 
ents there. 

On October 4 both BYC groups and the church peo- 
pel saw a movie entitled "The Big Blast." One Sun- 
day evening we invited the youth group from the 
Church of the Brethren to view the movie "Teenage 
Rock" which we all enjoyed. 

At our meetings with an average of 12 we have 
studied the book of Acts and are hoping to reach our 
goals. 

— Sharon Downs, secretary 



. . . NEW LEBANON. OHIO 

Our first Senior meeting was held on October 11, 
1964. Officers were elected as follows: 
President — Jim Eck 
Vice President — Bev Rohrer 
Secretary-Treasurer — Judy Novak 
Sponsors — Mr. and Mrs. Don Rusk 
November 14 we had a hayride and a party 



On 

afterwards. Several guests attended. 



"/• 



fill the DERBY hat" - SI 0^00 



March G, 1965 



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The BYC of West Alexandria attended our meeting 
on November 28. Refreshments were served after the 
meeting. 

On December 12 we went caroling at the Veterans' 
Administration Center in Dayton. Then we went bowl- 
ing and returned to the church for pizzas. 

January 10, 1965, we had 28 members and 7 adults 
from all groups attending the youth rally at the Hill- 
crest Brethren Church in Dayton. 

— Judy Novak, secretary 



. , . WABASH, IND. 

We had a Christmas party on December 26. We en- 
joyed playing games, had a box lunch and gift ex- 
change. We shelled popcorn that we had picked up 
earlier. We are going to sell it to the members of the 
church and they are going to send it to Riverside, 
Kentucky. 

We went to the S. District Youth Rally on January 
24 at Roann, Indiana. 

We elected officers last August and they took of- 
fice in October: 

President — Jane Kro'm 
Vice President — Sue Hartong 
Secretary — Rosalie Behrends 
Ass't. Secretary — Sharon Eckerley 
Treasurer — David Behrends 
Songleader — ^Beth Hartong 
Ass't. Songleader — Judy Carrothers 
Pianist — Sue Hartong 
Sponsors — Mr. and Mrs. Jim Swope. 
We have been studying Acts. We also joined the 
Ten Dollar Club, 

We are divided into two teams. Each team puts all 
their pennies in two different gallon jugs. The losing 
team has to treat the winners. The money will be used 
for the National Youth Project. 

For the last three months we have had a Sunday 
evening service a month. November 29 we used "Home 
Missions" as our subject. December 27 we gave a 
Christmas program and on January 10 we had a film 
on "Stewardship." 

— Rosalie Behrends, secretary 



SPOIL I ©M 

ON 
SCRIPJJJ 



if thou shalt c 

uth the L'ord Jesu 

believe in thine he 

ath raised him from th 

shalt be saved. 

For with the heart m 

h unto righteousne 

he mouth confess 

Ivation. 




PROJECT 



PAHER 




Opportunities for the growth of the Derby church 
are continuing. The Derby school enrollment has in- 
creased 500 since the 1963-64 year and 200 since Sep- 
tember. Many homes continue to be built immediately 
to the east of the church property. Economists are 
predicting growth for the Wichita-Derby area over 
the next several years. 

The Derby youth continue to be active for the Lord. 
Prior to Christmas the group visited a nearby nurs- 
ing home and sang carols. Beverly Summy visited 
the church on January 24 and taught the youth 
classes. 

The Derby Brethren are making preparations for 
anticipated growth. Church building plans are an- 
ticipated shortly from the architect A leadership 
training class entitled "Sunday School Organization" 
is in progress at this writing. It should help prepare 
the Sunday School for growth in attendance, Bible 
teaching and evangelistic outreach. 

The prayer support of every Brethren is needed and 
appreciated for the Lord's work at Derby. Pray for 
the speedy erection of a church building to meet the 
needs of this fast growing area. Pray that the church 
building will make it possible to reach more souls for 
Christ. 

— ^Pastor M. W. Dodds 

{Note: Your Acting Youth Director saw firsthand the 
great need for a church building at Derby. It is dif- 
ficult to draiv people into a house rather than a 
church. And imagine how it loould be to have 40-60 
people come into your house every Sunday and dur- 
ing the week for meetings. Let's continue to loork 
hard for Derby!) 



Answer to last week's 
Spotlight on Scripture . . 
REVELATION 3:20. 21 




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A STUDENT ASKS: 

"Is there a FUTURE in the Brethren Church for me?" 



A DEDICATED Brethren student asked this 
serious question. He was truly seeking where 
his life could count most for the work of Christ's 
Kingdom. He was taking his faith seriously and 
wanted an honest answer from his church. 

One strong affirmative answer to this good 
question is the Seminary Development Program. 
Adequate Seminary facilities "speak" to Breth- 
ren youth of the church's deep concern for the 
preaching of the Gospel. A strong Seminary pro- 
gram assures the serious Christian that there 
is a future in and for the Brethren Church. 

Recruitment requires adequate Seminary facili- 
ties. "Called" men and women will respond more 
promptly when they see the working faith of the 
church providing a good place of preparation for 
their life work. Following is a report of the 
church's commitment to the Seminary Develop- 
ment Program to date. We give thanks to our 
Lord Jesus Christ for this good report. We can 
praise God for the many wonderful Brethren peo- 
ple who have entered into this essential program. 
Enough praise cannot be given for both Brethren 
Churches and pastors who are committed to the 
training of ministers and missionaries. 



Church 

Ashland (Park St.) 

Akron 

Ardmore 

Berlin 

Bethlehem 

Brighton Chapel 

Bryan 

Burlington 

Canton 

Carleton 

Center Chapel 

College Corner 

Corinth 

County Line 

Cumberland 

Dayton 

Denver 

Dutchtown 

Elkhart 



Cash Verbal Commitments 
and/or and/or 

Commitments Anticipated 



$3,790 

(First Year) 
$ 50 
$ 616 

$ 800 

$ 600 
$4,000 
$2,000 
$1,050 
$ 145 
$ 500 
$1,500 
$1,500 
$1,000 

$6,000 

$ 900 
$ 24 
$6,000 



$ 6,000 



$ 1,450 

$ 1,348 

$ 1,600 

$ 1,000 



$ 900 



Elkhart 
(Winding Waters) 



Falls City 

Flora 

Glenford 

Goshen 

Gratis 

Gretna 

Hagerstown 

Highland 

Johnstown H 

Johnstown HI 

Lanark 

Loree 

Louisville 

Mansfield 

Manteca 

Masontown 

Maurertown 

Mexico 

Meyersdale 

Milford 

Milledgeville 

Mt. Olive 

Nappanee 

New Lebanon 

New Paris 

Newark 

North Georgetown 

North Liberty 

North Manchester 

Oakville 

Pleasant Hill 

Pittsburgh 

Roann 

St. James 

Smithville 

South Bend 

Tiosa 

Tucson 

Vandergrift 

Warsaw 

Washington 

Waterloo 

Waynesboro 

West Alexandria 

Seminary Faculty 



$ 94.20 (1 quarter) 

30% of Benevo- 
lent Budget 
$ 1,200 

$1,500 

$ 25 

$9,000 

$2,100 

$1,000 

$ 875 $ 4,000 

(First Year) 

$ 600 

$2,100 

$ 300 

$3,000 

$1,200 

$2,000 

6% of Benevolent Budget 

$ 75 

$ 900 

$ 135 $ 1,365 

$ 600 

$ 500 

$1,800 

$5,000 

$ 2,500 

$4,500 

$6,000 

$1,500 

3% of Benevolent Budget 
$ 500 

$1,500 

$4,050 

$2,000 



$ 55 

$3,000 

$ 118.49 

$6,000 

$6,000 

$1,000 

$1,500 
$2,100 
$3,000 
$2,695 
$1,500 
$1,500 
$4,000 



4,500 
445 



600 



[arch 6, 1965 






rethren Pastors 






nd Students 


$ 817 




i^'irick Estate 


$4,016.79 




oard Members 


$1,250 




pecial Gifts 


$1,767 




RAND TOTAL 




$150,556. 



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Most of these are three year commitments. 

This wonderful response of approximately 
$150,000.00 is the expression of a living faith 
of many dedicated Christians. The final object of 
this program is the training of Christian -nin- 
isters and missionaries in the Word of God. 




RECRUITMENT. 
A function of the Church 

Recruitment of candidates for tlie ministry is a per- 
tual responsibility of the church. Granted that the form 

the modern ministry is quite other than that ap- 
opriate to the first century, the mandate of our Lord 

pray that "The Lord of the harvest (will) send forth 
)orers into his harvest" is a never-ending challenge, 
otestantism has rightly resisted clericalism and op- 
sed the view that the church is the clergy, with the 
^men participating in it only through them. The min- 
ry, nevertheless, is God's gift to His Church; and it 
not likely that the Church would be an effective in- 
■ument in the world apart from the labor of those who 
i set aside for the special tasks of preaching the Word, 
ministering the rites, and shepherding the people. 
Where does responsibility for recruitment lie? Some 
'1 that it is the sole responsibility of the Holy Spirit 

call men into the ministry. Although there have been 
:eptions to the rule in the history of the Church, 
lally the Church — although it is aware that only the 
■ly Spirit converts men to the Christian faith — yet 
iks to become the instrument of the Holy 'Spirit in 
ifronting men with the Gospel. Likewise, the Church 
i usually sought to be the agent through which the 
ly Spirit works in confronting men with the call to 
scial forms of service. In fact, there have been times 
en the Church took a very active role in calling men 

the ministry when even the men themselves were 



Seminary Chapel is in session in the above photo 
with Dr. Harold Ockenga as the guest speaker. Dr. 
Ockenga is the pastor of the famous Park Street 
Church in Boston. He was the first president of the 
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. 
He was one of the founders of the National Associa- 
tion of Evangelicals. 

not subjectively aware of a call. The Holy Spirit speaks 
not only to indixiduals but to the community of faith. 

And it is quite possible that He often speaks to indi- 
viduals through the Church, rather than speaking di- 
rectly to them apart from the Church. 

Recruitment, then, is a function of the Church. But 
where in the Church should the major responsibility for 
this rest? The seminaries are working hard at the task. 
It is quite likely, however, that the most effective point 
of effort in this matter is the local church. At least, the 
statisticians indicate that churches which are at work 
on the problem send a sizeable number of youth into 
the ministry, whereas a large percentage of the churches 
send none. They also indicate that if each local church 
should produce one candidate for the ministry once ev- 
ery twenty years, the total number would be adequate 
to the church's needs. Is it too much to expect that a 
congregation which commands the services of a min- 
ister constantly should send one young person into the 
ministry once in twenty years? 

The agencies of the Church will continue their efforts 
at recruitment. We should like to lay it on the hearts 
of all pastors, Sunday school teachers, Deacons, and 
parents however, to give special attention to this task 
in the local congregation. 



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CONTRACT SIGNED . . . BUILDING BEGINS 



THE GENERAL contract for the building of 
the Seminary has been signed. Building will 
begin immediately in order to assure completion 
by September 1, 1965. Exactly what all is included 
in this building program? 

(1) Seminary library, capacity 50,000 volumes. 
Seminary Chapel, completely furnished 
with chancel, baptistry, pews, etc., for the 
complete training of Brethren ministers. 
Three new classrooms. 
Renovation of existing building; new fire- 
proof stairway, new fire wall, wider hall- 
ways, professors offices, administration 
offices, redecorating and refurnishing. 
(5) Student study carels, 50. 
Brethren archives room. 
Parking lot, city code requii'ement. 



(2) 



(3) 

(4) 



(6) 

(7) 



The cost of phase one of the Seminary Develop- 
ment Program will be approximately $200,000. 
Thus $50,000 is still needed to underwrite the 
program. How do we propose to raise the addition- 
al money? 

(1) We trust that the few churches who have 
not yet entered into the program will soon 
do so. 

(2) We believe that many churches will be will- 
ing to continue their giving beyond the 



three year campaign for the successful 

completion of the progi'am. 

(3) There are also many individuals who have 

expressed their interest in the Seminary. 

We believe that these combined sources will 

underwrite the total cost. The Brethren Church 

and Ashland Theological Seminary have a sacred 

relationship, a trust one with the other. 




This is a photo of a communion service conducted 
by the Seminary for Seminary students and Faculty 
members. 



T^e ItcecC . . . 



During the past quarter century the world popula- 
tion increased 1,000,000,000; the United States 
50,000,000. During the same period of tinne, the 
increase of Christian Ministers was nil!! 

In relation to world population, the Christian Faith 
is decreasing daily! 

At this time there are approximately ten Brethren 
Churches who need a full-time minister!! 

There is a pressing need for new Brethren Churches 
in many areas, NOW. 



March 6, 1965 



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Seminary Scholarships essential for 
Ministerial Recruitment — 



r^ OD OFTEN calls to the Gospel ministry students with good 
^^-J- standing and spiritual depth who lack only financial funds for 
preparation. The high cost of living for Seminary students is the 
same as any other person. The actual cost of training is significantly 
more than one can afford. Churches, friends, and church auxiliaries 
must provide scholarships for deserving students. 

We give thanks and praise to Laymen, W.M.S. and churches 
who are now giving Seminary scholarships. The South Bend Breth- 
ren Church voted to enact a Ministerial Scholarship Memorial Fund 
in place of excessive flowers at funerals ! ! What a wonderful ex- 
pression of Christian love and grace ! ! From all sources a total 
of approximately $8,000 will be given to pre-seminary and semi- 
nary students this year. 



A New Seminary Scholarship — 



The principal sum of $10,000 in memory of J. D. Gilbert and 
Harriet Flora Gilbert, was bequested recently by Edna F. Voge 
of Ashtabula, Ohio, for the "assistance of theological students." 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



CHRIST'S JUDGMENT OF CHRISTIANS 

When I stand at the judgment seat of Christ, 

And He shows me His plan for me, 
The plan of my life as it might have been, 

Had He had His way and I see — 
How I blocked Him here and checked Him there; 

And I would not yield my will — 
Will there be grief in my Saviour's eyes — 

Grief, though He loves me still? 
He would have me rich, and I stand there poor, 

Stripped of all but His grace, 
While memory runs like a hunted thing 

Down the paths I cannot retrace. 
When my desolate heart will well nigh break 

With tears that I cannot shed, 
I shall cover my face with my empty hands, 

I shall there bow my uncrowned head. 

— Selected. 

CHRIST'S COMING is the blessed hope for the chil- 
dren of God (Titus 2:13). All five chapters of I 
Thessalonians end with the Lord's coming for us. 
His own (I Thess. 1:10; 2:19, 20; 3:13; 4:17; 5:23). 
The Judgment of the believer's stewardship of life 



and works will take place after the return of Christ 
for His saints (Rev. 22:12; II Tim. 4:8; I Cor. 4:5). 
It will take place after the resurrection and the rap- 
ture of the saints (I Thess. 4:16, 17). Every Christian 
will have ta give an accounting (Rom. 14:10-12). The 
quality of our works will be tested (I Cor. 3:11-15). 
We shall be judged as to our faithfulness in the use 
of the talents entrusted to us (II Gov. 5:10; Matt. 
25:14-30). 

The rewards given at the judgment seat of Christ 
are spoken of in the Scriptures as a prize (I Cor. 
9:24) and as crowns (I Cor. 9:25). There is the soul- 
winner's crown; the crown of rejoicing (I Thess. 2: 
19) . The martyr's crown is the crown of life (Rev. 
2:10; James 1:12). The Christian worker's crown is 
the crown of glory (I Peter 5:4). All who love Christ's 
appearing will receive the crown of righteousness 
(II Tim. 4:7, 8). There is the incorruptible crown (I 
Cor. 9:25) , like the incorruptible inheritance that fades 
not away (I Peter 1:4). 

To avoid chastening and loss in Christ's judgment 
of us, we should constantly judge ourselves (I Cor. 
11:31). We should examine ourselves (II Cor. 13:5). 
We are to labor willingly (I Cor. 9:16, 17). The pre- 
tenders receive their reward here but not hereafter 
(Matt. 6:1, 2, 5). The motive for what we do must be 
love or our works are dead (I Cor. 13:1-3). All our 
words and works are to be made in the name of the 
Lord Jesus (Col. 3:17) and to the glory of God (Matt. 
5:16). 

"Lord, of the years that are left to me 

I give them to Thy hand; 
Take me and break me, mold me to 
The pattern— Thou hast planned." 



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God loves to exalt the humble (Matt. 23:12; James 
4:10). He blesses the humble (Luke 1:48, 52), the 
Marys at His feet (Luke 10:39, 42). We are to learn 
of Him for He is "meek and lowly" (Matt. 11:29). 
John the Baptist was but "a voice crying" (John 
1:23). He was ready to decrease in order that Christ 
might increase (John 3:26-32). Read Christ's eulogy 
of John (John 5:35; Matt. 11:11). The greatest is 
servant of all (Matt. 23:11, 12). 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



ture of this book, as well as the one for primaries, is 
the Appendix which lists other books and materials 
which are available to aid in the teaching of steward- 
ship. 

Botli of these books present many good suggestions 
and much helpful material for teaching stewardship 
to children. For this reason we recommend them for 
your consideration and use. 

These books may be obtained through the Brethren 
Pubhshing Company, 524 College Ave, Ashland, Ohio, 
Prices are as follows: 

Stewardship for Primary Children by Mary Grace Mar- 
tin — 351^ per copy 

Stewardship for Juniors by Virginia S. Fisher — 25(;' per 
copy 

When ordering, please add 10 cents for postage and 
handling. 



TEACHING STEWARDSHIP TO CHILDREN 

ONE OF THE GOALS of the Standard of Excellence 
for Brethren Sunday Schools requires "A Steward- 
ship Committee or Director responsible for 12 monthly 
stewardship instruction programs in all departments." 

For those who have the responsibility of teaching 
stewardship to children and are looking for material, 
the following booklets are suggested for your considera- 
tion: Stewardship for Primary Children by Mary Grace 
Martin (51 pages), and Stewardship for Juniors by Vir- 
ginia S. Fisher (39 pages). These two booklets, prepared 
by the Church of the Brethren, are leaders' guides for 
teaching stewardship to children. 

An introductory chapter in each of the books contains 
the aim of the book, preparations for teaching, sug- 
gested activities and other introductory information. This 
chapter is followed, in each case, by five chapters con- 
taining detailed planning for five stewardship sessions. 

The stewardship sessions in the book for primaries 
include: 

1. Who is a Good Steward? 

2. A Good Steward and His Time 

3. A Good Steward and His Possessions 

4. A Good Steward and His Body 

5. A Good Steward and His Skills 

The material in each chapter includes Scripture refer- 
ences, suggested pictures and other visual aids, songs, a 
suggested procedure, and a story. While the material, as 
presented, is for a ninety-minute session, this could easily 
be divided to provide material for several shorter ses- 
sions. 

The stewardship lessons in the junior book are similar 
to those for the primary age. The chapters are: 

1. Learning About Stewardship 

2. The Stewardship of Time 

3. The Stewardship of Abilities 

4. The Stewardship of Material Possessions 

5. The Joyful Steward 

These chapters include aims, possible procedures, activi- 
ties, stories, and a suggested order of worship. While 
these chapters are somewhat briefer than those in the 
primary booklet, there is still ample material for use in a 
number of stewardship sessions. Another useful fea- 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



JESUS ASSURANCE OF THE FATHER'S PRESENCI 

Behold, the hour cometh, yea is now come, that yt 
shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shal 
leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because tht 
Father is with me (John 16:32). 

TESUS WAS ALWAYS thoughtful and tender in hi! 
" concern for his disciples. He was not less so a; 
He talked to them as He was facing the terrible agonj 
of the cross. One marvels at the calmness and as- 
surance of which He was possessed as He faced the 
terror of Golgotha. 

A writer tells of a boyhood experience which bring; 
the thought of our study very vividly to mind. Th( 
lad had been sent to bring the cattle home in th( 
evening. On the homeward way he was caught in £ 
violent storm. In the fierceness of the storm the lac 
became frightened and panicked, and in terror h( 
cried for help. Here is the crux of the event. Before 
the boy fully sensed his danger and fear, the father'; 
heart had understood the son's position and need o: 
help and encouragement, and was hastening to meei 
him. The sight 'of the father hastening to meet hin 
quieted the lad's fears, and his heart was glad be- 
cause he was not alone in the storm. 

Storms of loss, pain, disappointment, suffering, tria 
and separation will sometime engulf each of us ii 
life. How our hearts fail us and quail within us a; 
the storm roars about us. Is there anyone who know; 
and cares that we fear? Yes! There is one — JOur Heav- 
enly Father. As an earthly father hastens to brini 
relief from fear to his child; so the Heavenly Fathej 
is ever at our side to still the storms of fear and doubi 
within. 

Does Jesus care when my way is dark 
With a nameless dread and fear? 
As the daylight fades Into deep night shades, 
Does He care enough to be near? 
Oh yes. He cares — . 



iMCarch 6, 1965 



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i Out&o(vfc/ 



Your National President Speaks . . . 
STEWARDSH8P OF T8ME 
Goals Nos. 1, 2 and 3 



MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 



TN THE BOOK "The Art of Living," the author, Wil- 
-*- ford Peterson says that "Personal efficiency is hav- 
ing a goal and mapping out a personal program of 
how to reach it." As I read this, it seemed only natural 
that I would apply this definition to our W.M.S. work. 
We have goals and I like to think each of us are map- 
ping out a personal program on how to meet these 
goals. How about your personal efficiency? Do you 
have a plan whereby you are reaching our goals? 

By efficient planning of our time we can accomplish 
many things. Yes, we might be a most effective per- 
son and map out excellent plans, YET, I believe we will 
do mostly the things our hearts prompt us to do. Let 
us take a look at our first three goals: 

(1) This concerns our Bible reading and prayer. 
With twenty-four hours in each day, is there any 
reason WHY one cannot give time for reading of His 
Word and time to^ pray? 

(2) This concerns writing to our missionaries. In 
ten months, or three hundred and three days, isn't 
it rather foolish to say we do not have time to write at 
least one letter to either a home or foreign missionary? 

(3) This goal asks us to develop a Christian con- 
cern through monthly visits, telephone calls or cards. 
Surely within a period of thirty days, we can find time 
to make needed personal visits in our communities, 
or telephone calls, etc. 

Yes, with efficient planning, to reach these goals 
would not be a problem as far as time is concerned. 
But I repeat, I believe we do the things our hearts 
prompt us to do. We must have a hunger for God's 



Word, a love for our missionaries and a truly Chris- 
tian concern for the "shut-ins," the sick, the indif- 
ferent and the unchurched. 

Stewardship is influenced or governed by the con- 
dition of our hearts. If we love the Lord and love do- 
ing His work, we will be good stewards of our time. 
Remember, Christian stewardship is the practice of 
systematic and proportionate giving of our time. Thus, 
we will proportion our time and the Lord will not be 
robbed of precious minutes that rightly belong to Him. 

So if you have been indifferent about reaching the 
goals, search your heart and pray that your personal 
efficiency will be guided by Him. So many of our goals 
depend upon our personal response. Also, the goals 
tend to strengthen each of us spiritually and thus 
our local societies and churches become stronger and 
ultimately our denomination. 

Another goal that depends upon your time is the 
reading of two books. Then there are some that per- 
tain to the stewardship of our money. I trust you are 
faithfully remembering your Thank Offering Box, and 
your quarterly offerings to the Missionary Board. 

Goal No. 6 asks that The Brethren Evangelist be in 
the home of 90% of Brethren W.M.S. members. I trust 
by now we have agreed that in comparison to what 
we spend for other things, $4.00 a year is not too much 
for The Evangelist. Had you ever thought of how 
many women spend more money at the Beauty Parlor 
in one month than the price of one year subscrip- 
tion to The Evangelist. I'm guilty, are you? So let us 
proportion the giving of our money too. 



"A word to the wise ..." 

MANY of our church people are buying — 
and finding extremely useful — copies of 
Our Church Guidebook, by Reverend Albert 
Ronk. 

This small book of 155 pages, written informal- 
ly in easy-to-read style, can be as helpful to 
church members, officers, or pastors as a road 
map is to a tourist in strange territory. It sug- 
gests ways of achieving efficient church or- 
ganization and methods of procedure. 



We all realize that unplanned church activity 
can be as purposeless as whittling, doodling or 
chewing bubble gum; whereas, planning our 
work can produce meaningful results. 

Order your copies now — for yourself, your of- 
ficers, and your pastor — ^before the supply is ex- 
hausted. If you are too late, don't say we didn't 
warn you! 

BRETHREN BOOK AND PAMPHLET 

CO'MMISSION 

Ida Lindower 



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The Brethren Evangelist 






Views Floyd S. Benshoff 

and 
Comments On "STAY6NG FOR CHURCH" 

. . . March . . . Seminary and Minisferial recruitment month . . 



JT IS THE EXCEPTIONAL Brethren church 
whose records show a higher average atten- 
dance for the morning worship service than for 
Sunday scliool . . . Why? 

A familiar expression from any well located 
choir room, as singers prepare to enter the sanc- 
tuary for the worship service is, "look at the 
grand exodus." Now the exodus part is in order, 
but what is so grand about it? Nothing. Unless 
there is a compelling reason to leave, it is an af- 
front to God and an insult to the man of God 
who occupies the pulpit, to walk out. 

This is not a new problem. Television didn't 
bring it about. Long before the golden-voiced 
preacher and the mellow baritone were occupying 
the TV screen at the eleven o'clock Sunday morn- 
ing hour, men and women, boys and girls were 
streaming from the class rooms of our Sunday 
schools. 

How do you figure a grown individual who is 
a Sunday school Christian? How can you label 
a person who never hears "his" pastor preach, 
but does expect, when he is cold in death, to have 
this same pastor say kind and loving words over 
his stilled form? 

We refer to the Sunday morning 10:30 service 
in our Brethren churches as a "worship service." 
Of course we mean the worship of God. I believe 
our churches are manned by preachers who have 
a real desire to plan an atmosphere that is as 
worshipful as possible, and do. Most music is 
planned and presented to lend to the spirit of 
worship. Most custodians do their best to keep 
a comfortable room temperature. The externals 
have never been better cared for than today. But 



just as iron bars do not a prison make, so a nice 
building with proper temperature and soft music 
does not make a church worship service. Adding 
up to this, that, unless the Spirit of the Most High 
God is present, we meet in vain. 

Billy Sunday once said, "I tell you, going to 
a church doesn't make a man a Christian any 
more than going to a garage makes him an auto- 
mobile." 

What shall we say then — every man for him- 
self ? Perhaps, when Sunday morning arrives, you 
and your wife feel you can worship in a state park 
two-hours drive away as well as with the church 
congregation you claim membership with. You 
may go to Sunday school, partly because youi 
teacher extracted a promise from you to be there 
and partly because of the contest between the 
"reds" and the "blues," but stay for church — no; 
it would throw your picnic lunch late. Anyway, 
the preacher said something from the pulpit last 
time you were there that didn't set exactly right 
with you ; besides, he hasn't visited in your home 
for nigh onto three months. Many people reason 
in such fashion. 

Consider the case of the individual who, though 
active in Sunday school, has never heard "his" 
pastor preach. It seems something happened a 
long time ago, somebody said something or the 
church took some action, he doesn't I'emember 
what it was or who it was, but he was miffed 
then and he'll stay miffed. What a lonely attitude. 
It apparently doesn't matter to him that he is get- 
ting older each week and is nearer now to his 
day of accounting than ever before. His attitude 
seems to indicate that he thinks he can success- 
fully "pass the buck" to his Maker. 



March 6, 1965 

The high privilege of worship is ignored at 
the peril of one's soul. Why would mortal man 
neglect such a means of grace? 

Christianity is a personal matter. You and 
your God boil down to just two in the ultimate. 
Not all who stay for church, worship, but those 
who stay are following the admonition: "Do not 
jforsake the assemblying of yourselves together." 

The faithful to the church services are, to say 
the least, exposing themselves to the blessing God 
has promised His people. The worshipper is en- 
couraged by the very presence of those of kindred 
minds. His highest moments can be found in a 
worship service as he joins in singing "Holy, Holy, 
Holy." He is akin, in spirit, with the beloved John 
on Patmos as his eyes beheld the wonders of 
things to come. 

Young men, middle-aged men and even older 
men are being trained in our Seminaries over this 
land and the world for the purpose of leadership 
in services that are intended to lift men and wo- 
men from the ordinary, mundane life, to the heav- 
enly. 

Laymen are just Christian men who never had, 
or didn't answer, the call to the ministry. This 
month, and every month, we should encourage 
men to answer the gi'eatest call of all — the call 
to the Christian ministry. And then, after they've 
answered the call — support them in their pastor- 
ates. How long has it been, brother laymen, since 
you have given your pastor some definite indica- 
tion that you're with him? 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

ASHLAND — PARK STREET 
Boys Organize 

THE YEAR 1964-65 has seen a new organization 
within the Ashland-Parli Street group. The Lay- 
men of Ashland-Park Street have organized a com- 
bination Boys' Brotherhood and Boy Scout unit. 

The photograph shows the boys, big and little, who 
answered roll call on the opening night. The group 
has doubled itself within the past weelis and more are 
expected soon. The "big" boys in the back row are, 
left to right, William Hubler, President of the Laymen; 
Paul Burley, Scoutmaster; Dorman Ronk, Committee- 
man; and Dick Keffer, Committeeman. On the ex- 
treme right, Frank Wyhe, local Boy Scout Executive. 

On Sunday, February 14, the boys attended church 
as the Boy Scout Unit 555, and were recognized on 
Boy Scout Sunday. On the same Sunday at the eve- 
ning service, the boys, as the Boys' Brotherhood of 
the Park Street Brethren Church, sponsored the eve- 



Page Nineteen 

ning service as their Public Service for the year. The 
boys participated in the service, and Mr. Sam Rich- 
mond was their speaker. 




ASHLAND, OHIO 

(Garber) 

THE GARBER BRETHREN Laymen's meeting of 
December 12 was attended by eleven men in- 
cluding our pastor, Rev. H. H. Rowsey. "What Christ- 
mas Means to Me" was the topic discussed and led 
by Rev. Rowsey. Many good and varied thoughts were 
presented. President Kenneth Hoverstock read the 
true Chrisitmas story as written in Luke 2. Donald 
Marker provided entertainment and refreshments 
were served by Dewey Hinson. 

We met again on January 9, in a combined meet- 
ing with the Boys' Brotherhood and used as the topic, 
"The New Year resolutions I forgot." The develop- 
ment of this topic began in January of 1964 when 
the laymen at their meeting wrote on a paper a reso- 
lution they wanted to keep for the year. These were 
placed in an envelope and sealed. It was at this meet- 
ing in January of '65 that these were opened, and 
each man commented on his resolution. Mr. Weiden- 
hamer of the college and Park Street church was our 
guest speaker for the evening. 

We men at Garber appreciate the presence of Rev. 
Rowsey as our minister. He is young at heart and we 
pray God's blessing on him as he serves and guides us. 

Donald Marker, Secretary 



SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT 
LAYMEN'S SPRING RALLY 

Saturday — April 17, 1965 
5 P.M. 

FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 

Cumberland, Maryland 



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The Brethren Evangelisl] 




'7fti^Ai(^(t^^(f ^aaxcC ^c^^it^^t^ 



FEBRUARY 16-17, 1965 



MISSBONARY CANDIDATES — 




LAR,RY and ROSE BOLINGER were accepted as missionary candidates 

for the Nigerian Field. 

Larry graduates from Ashland Seminary in June. The Bolingers ex- 
pect to continue language study and orientation in preparation for 
departure in mid 1966. They are members of the North Manchester, 
Indiana, Brethren Church. 

BILL and SHARON (Fells) WINTER were accepted as missionary can- 
didates for Argentina, with service some time in the future. 

Bill is in his first year in Ashland Seminary and Sharon is a sophomore 
in Ashland College. Bill is a member of the Derby, Kansas, congrega- 
tion and Sharon claims Stockton, California, as her home church. 



MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH — 



BOB and Bea BISCHOF, with Barbara and Bobby, expect to leave Nigeria 

in late July for a year of furlough. 

Taking up their home in the Missionary Home, they will not begin 
deputation until after Central District Conference in September. They 
will be home for much-needed rest, with Bob being available for some 
visits to churches later. Bea will not be free to accompany him ex- 
cept for occasional trips, remaining at home with the children as they 
attend Ashland schools. Many of our Brethren anticipate meeting 
the Bischofs again at General Conference, where both will participate 
in the conference program. 



ANNUITY FUNDS RECEIVED- 



The board heard a report of the receipt of a $10,000 annuity from Mr. and 
Mrs. Fred W. Brant, of Berlin, Pennsylvania. These funds will be used to 
help meet urgent needs on our Argentine mission field. 



march 6, 1965 



Page Twenty-one 



DHURCH BUILDING PROGRAMS — 




Herndon, Virginia nearing completion of preliminary planning, 

anticipating construction very soon. 

Derby, Kansas working on details of the church plans, 

looking forward to breaking ground this 
spring. 

Massillon, Ohio nearing completion of the first unit of the 

new church. 

Levittown, Pennsylvania ... in final stages of planning for a new educa- 
tional unit. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming in process of developing plans for enlarg- 
ing the church, to accommodate their ex- 
panding congregation. 



RELOCATION PLANS — 



Mansfield, Ohio 



Manteca, California 



Muncie, Indiana 



Plans are being made for constructing a church 
on their new site located northwest of Mansfield 
in a new, growing section. 

A new site is being purchased, with plans for 
constructing a new church within the next few 
years. 

This church program is operating with new vigor, 
in anticipation of re-location very soon. A full 
time pastor is being sought, as the congregation 
proceeds with plans for expansion under the lead- 
ership of Rev. Wayne E. Swihart, interim pastor. 



.OST CREEK, KENTUCKY — 




The new DRUSHAL MEMORIAL CHURCH will be dedicated on Friday, 
May 7, at 10:00 A.M. Now nearly completed, the church has been aided 
con^ erably by the response of $10,503 from the recent Ten Dollar Club 
call. 

The fire alarm system installed at a cost of nearly $2,000 will soon be ready 
for operation. The cost for this installation, which was required by state 
orities, has been partially covered by contributions of several concerned 
les that sent $940 to the Missionary Board for this purpose. 

Landis who has ably served as Business Manager of Riverside Chris- 
lan Training School will leave Riverside at the end of this school year. 



(RYPTON. KENTUCKY — 



Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ti-acy, of Ashland, Ohio are preparing to take up resi- 
dence as helpers for Margaret Lowery in May. Work will soon be done on 
the Howard House to prepare it for their occupancy. 



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The Brethren £vangeIiS| 




AN IMPORTANT LEHER 



How MANY minutes do you waste each day? Or 
would it be easier to put that figure in hours? 
Have you brushed the dust off your Bible recently 
or have you been using it regularly to make sure it 
doesn't collect dust? Bibles come in many sizes, col- 
ors, bindings and editions, but no matter how large 
or small, or how expensive or inexpensive yours is, it 
is a Book to be used. The Bible was given by God to 
men in order that they might come to know and bet- 
ter understand Him through His word. Every Christian 
has the duty to learn about his Creator but more than 
that, he has the privilege of knowing all the great 
things the Bible has to teach him. One of the best in- 
dividual ways to become acquainted with God and His 
word is to begin (or continue) a program of daily 
devotions. This time spent alone with God need not 
be long, but it should be a quiet time of meditation 
when your mind is uncluttered with chores of daily 
life. Bible reading, a period of meditation, and a time 
of earnest talking with (not to) God are the basic 
ingredients of a well-done devotional period. You may 
have your devotions at any time during the day, how- 



ever, a heart that is opened early in the morning 
to God will have that much longer during the day tc 
enjoy the peace and joy which He gives to His chil- 
dren. 

Do you think you haven't the time, or that your de 
votions will have to be short today so you won't miss 
the time? Remember that which costs us little is ol 
little worth. Only when you give freely of yourseh 
and truly want this time for intimacy with God will 
you receive the blessings set aside for those who belong 
totally to God. 

If you already have established the practice ol 
daily devotions, don't be so proud of the fact that 
you must brag to everyone else, for haughty pride is 
not a great virtue, but try to think of ways to make 
your devotional period one of greater learning and 
holiness. Try to carry the blessings you iiave received 
from God with you all through the day. This is much 
harder to do than it should be for most. 

If your "crowd" isn't one that goes in for dailj 
devotions remember that blessings aren't given tc 
crowds, only to those who love God and live for Him 



ASHLAND — GARBER LAYMEN 

feted by 

JUNIOR S. M. M. 




T 



■'HE JUNIOR 
SISTERHOOD 
of Mary and Mar- 
tha of the Ashland 
Garber Brethren 
Church fulfilled 
one of their 1965 
national goals on 
February 11 by en- 
tertaining the 
Laymen at the 
church. As pre- 
scribed in the goal, a regular meeting was demon- 
strated by the girls and held in the church sanctuary. 
Marjorie Johnson gave the call to worship and an- 
nounced the songs; Lu Ann Summy read the Scrip- 
ture; and Cathy Yaugher played a piano solo. The 
prayer was offered by Co-patroness, Mrs. Barry Lon- 
singer; the Sisterhood topic was given by Co-patroness, 
Mrs. John Yaugher; and the Bible Study by Rev. H. 
H. Rowsey. 

Following this session, the group adjourned to the 
basement where a Valentine Party was given by the 
Juniors. Games were played and an interesting trav- 



elog, "Go West, Young Man," was given by Beverlj 
Summy. Following refreshments, the meeting was ad- 
journed. 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 

LINWOOD, MD. 

TT HAS BEEN some time since you have heard from 
-*- from us at Linwood. We would like to bring you 
up to date on our progress, and to tell you some ol 
our plans for future activities. 

Rev. and Mrs. Logan came to us in June 1965. Soon 
after their arrival, they were given a "pantry shower" 
at which they received many useful gifts. They alsc 
received many useful gifts at our Harvest Home Sun- 
day service. Rev. Logan is kept busy visiting the sick 
Since Rev. Logan came, we have received six members 
into the church by baptism and lost three by letter 
He has been devotional speaker 'over Radio Statior 



Harch 6, 1965 



Page Twenty-three 



IVTTR in Westminister several times since he came 
;o Linwood. 

Rev. Jerry Flora w^as our evangelist last fall. There 
were two new converts, and we all had our faith re- 
lewed through his inspiring messages. Rev. St. Clair 
Senshoff was our speaker at the homecoming ser- 
|/ice, and we enjoyed the music furnished by Rev. and 
VErs. Benshoff. Our fall communion was well attended, 
ind we are looking forward to the spring communion 
lervice. We are planning for pre-Easter services and 
>ur Easter Sunrise service which will be followed with 
breakfast in the church dining area. 



The Laymen have put a tract rack in the vestibule, 
a Bible lectern in the front of the church, and also 
placed some Bibles in the church. We now have an 
open Bible in front of the speakers desk. These ad- 
ditions are very much appreciated. The Laymen will 
observe their public service when Rev. Logan is on 
vacation; the W.M.S. on the first Sunday evening in 
April; and the Brethren Youth on Youth Sunday. 

Our church attendance has been very good this 
winter, and we pray for continued progress in His 
service. 

Ruthanna Green, Secretary 



GOSPEL LIGHT CONFERENCE 



REPRESENTATIVES from seven evangelical de- 
nominations attended the second annual Gospel 
light Publications Imprinters Conference at Glendale, 
California, January 4-6, and iearned firsthand of 
urrent plans and production for significant improve- 
nents and updating in GLP curriculum and related 
products. 

Among the seven denominations sending repre- 
jentatives is a grand total of 2425 churches and 379,- 
)00 Sunday school students. All of these denominations 
)fficially imprint and distribute Gospel Light closely 
graded Sunday school Bible lessons in a cooperative 
jffort to provide Christ-centered Bible teaching in 
heir Sunday schools. 

Attending the conference, which was hosted by 
Jospel Light, was Dr. Joseph Shultz, member of the 
National Sunday School Board, Brethren Church, Ash- 
land, Ohio. Dr. Sholund reports that a major area of 
liscussion was the revision of the junior age cur- 
.-iculum for grades four, five and six. Inclusion of 
^Tew Testament lessons will be added to each year 
3f the junior materials, which heretofore have always 
covered strictly the Old Testament. Miss Ruth Bath- 
luer, who attended the 1964 conference as a delegate 
from North American Baptist Convention, is the new 
Junior Editor for Gospel Lig'ht and is in charge of the 



proposed revision. First copies of the revised lessons 
are scheduled to come off the press in 1966. 

Also under revision is the senior high school mate- 
rial. Fritz Ridenour, managing editor of TEACH maga- 
zine, is the newly appointed Youth Editor for Gospel 
Light. Among the high school improvements be- 
ing studied is a completely new format for the stu- 
dent's book. 

Most discussed topic at the conference was the total 
Christian education program of the local church, 
with emphasis on the Sunday evening and midweek 
programs. According to Dr. Sholund, Gospel Light 
is giving serious study to Sunday evening, midweek 
and camping programs, as well as worship programs 
for juniors through youth and Junior Church. De- 
velopments in these and other areas will be introduced 
beginning next year. 

President Nelson of Glint Foundation, Gospel Litera- 
ture In Native Tongues, reported a phenomenal growth 
around the world. Gospel Light is translated into 
twenty different languages and used in 32 countries. 
Glint is a non-profit missionary foundation. 

The Brethren Church will receive a rich blessing 
in using this Christ-centered Bible-teaching mate- 
rials in its Sunday schools through the Brethren im- 
print program. 




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The Brethren Evangelis 




STATEMENT 



OF 



FAITH 



ACKNOWLEDGING the absolute supremacy and Lordship of Jesus Christ, anc 
believing that His Word and Will must be final in all matters to those wh( 
claim to be Christian, on His authority we aflfirm the following truths as the basi( 
faith and teaching of this institution. 

1. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given oJ 
God, are the infallible record of the perfect, final and authoritative revelation of His 
work and will, together sufficient in themselves as the rule of faith and practice. 

2. The One True God, perfect and infinite in His being, holiness, love, wisdorr 
and power; transcendent above the world as its Creator, yet immanent in the work 
as the Preserver of all things; self-existent and self-revealing in three divine Per- 
sons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in power and glory. 

3. Jesus Christ the Eternal Son, Revealer of the invisible God, Who became 
incarnate by virgin birth, lived the perfect human life upon earth, gave Himself ir 
death upon the Cross as the Lamb of God bearing sin and its penalty in our stead 
was raised and glorified in the body in which He suffered and died, ascended as oui 
only Saviour and Lord into Heaven, from whence He will come again personally anc 
visibly to raise and translate His waiting Church, establish His Kingdom fully ovei 
all the nations, and at last be the Raiser and Judge of the Dead. 

4. The Holy Spirit, third person of the Godhead, the divine Life-giver anc 
Artist in creation, history and redemption; Who indwells, seals, empowers, guides 
teaches and perfects all them who become children of God through Christ. 

5. That Man was the direct creation of God, made in the divine image, not ir 
any sense the offspring of an animal ancestry; and that by transgression man be- 
came a fallen creature, alienated from the life of God, universally sinful by nature 
and practice, and having within himself no means of recovery. 

6. That Salvation is the free gift of God's grace, received through personal faitk 
in the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom all those who believe have eternal life, a perfect 
righteousness, sonship in the family of God, and even spiritual blessing needed foi 
life and godliness; but those who reject the gift of grace in Christ shall be forevei 
under the abiding wrath of God. 

7. That Christian Character and Conduct are the outgrowth and evidence oi 
salvation in Christ; and therefore the Christian is bound to honor His Word, to wall 
as He walked, to keep His commandments and ordinances, and thus bear the fruif 
of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness 
meekness, and self-control, against which there is no law; and that the teachings ol 
the Bible on such matters as marriage, divorce and the family are of permanent valu£ 
and obligation to the Church and society. 



Organ of "■Tho Brp+hrf-n CUnrcU 



Itut.'^'utitkesL 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications Rev. Spencer Gentle 

Board of Editorial Consultants 

Woman's Missionary Society Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Mrs. Marion M. Mellinger 

Sisterhood DeAnn Benshoff 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . . Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Published weekly, except the fourth week in 
July and the last week in December by: 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Modern Trend of Theology" 3 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 4 

Memorials 4 

Daily Devotions — ^March 21-27 5 

Children's Devotions — ^March 21-27 6 

"The Church and Kingdom Affairs" 

by Rev. Albert T. Ronk 8 

Spiritual Meditations 9 

The Brethren Layman 10 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(Program Materials for April) 12 

A Tribute to Mrs. U. J. Shively 15 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 16 

Sunday School Suggestions 17 

The Missionary Boiard 18 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

DEDICATION SERVICES 

for the 

NEW EDUCATIONAL UNIT 

and 

REMODELED CHURCH 

THE FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 

619 Park Street 

Ashland, Ohio 

SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 1965 

DR. CHARLES ANSPACH 

Guest Speaker 



Services: 



10:30 A. M. 
3:00 P. M. 



OPEN HOUSE 

2 to 3 P. M. 
4 to 5:30 P. M. 



DENOMINATIONAL 
OFFERING MATERIALS 

SEVERAL LETTERS have come to your Editor's 
desk relative to special denominational of- 
fering materials not being received by the local 
church until too late for use. Perhaps some ex- 
planation needs to be made relative to the prob- 
lem. 

There were no Education Day materials printed 
this year. Such materials are issued by the col- 
lege and it was not done this past October. 

The Publication Day Offering materials were 
delayed toecause of the transition of Shop Super- 
intendents. Also, the paper cutter broke down 
during this time which caused a delay. We were 
sorry for 'the delay but circumstances here made 
it inevitabie. 

Materials ifor the Benevolent Day offerings 
were late because the information was not given 
to the Publishing Company in time for them to 
be mailed sooner. 

Each denominational board is responsible for 
its own printing and mailing of materials. The 
Brethren Publishing Company does the mailing 
for the boards and this is done as soon as the 
materials are available. The Missionary Board 
and the Brethren Youth Office are now working 
on their offering materials, therefore they will 
be mailed to you in plenty of time. 

We trust that this will help to explain the 
delays of the recent past. 




The Brethren Youth 20 

Sisterhood 22 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches 22 



larch 13, 1965 



Page Three 



the 

editor's 

editorial 



y/OUR EDITOR has been concerned for some 
A time, now, about the modern trend of thought 
,mong "theologians" of today. Mr. Sherwood E. 
Virt, Editor of Decision has very well stated the 
ame concern in this editorial of the March issue 
f his magazine. Let me quote parts of the ar- 
icle — they express in an excellent way many of 
he concerns we should have. 

"Some (critics) come right out and say that 
he church is finished. The local congregation, 
hey advise, can no longer cope with modern 
ociety. It is a doomed and outmoded institution. 
)thers single out the vocabulary of the Christian 
aith and tell us it 'must go.' It is moss-covered 
,nd archaic, they say; what we need is a new jar- 
:on for the twentieth century. 

"Others, more daring, are engaging in what 
^ime magazine calls a 'theological striptease.' 
'hey seek to shuck the mighty truths of the New 
'estament by discarding such 'mythological' con- 
epts as the resurrection, the virgin birth, the 
rinity, and the atonement for our sins wrought 
ly Christ upon the cross. 

"In fact, the whole Bible is under massive at- 
ack by destructive critics who would eliminate 
ts moral authority by reducing it to the status 
if legend and folklore. 

"The moral foundations set forth in Scripture 
,nd upheld by the church — and indeed, by all 
ultured people — are being denounced by modern- 
iay critics in tones increasingly shrill. 'What busi- 
less does the church have prescribing what is 
ight and wrong?' they ask, and even some re- 
[gious leaders are echoing the question. 

"Further, many churchmen are suddenly dis- 
overing that the distinctions and differences in 
he various branches of the church, some of which 
vera established by our fathers under tremendous 
onviction and in the face of persecution, are 
otally unnecessary. 

"Finally, there is a growing restlessness among 



some 'avant-garde' church people over the ques- 
tion of the supernatural. The secular influences 
of our day are causing many to question the re- 
ality of God, heaven, judgment, miracles, the Holy 
Spirit, and even prayer (except as a psychothera- 
peutic exercise). 

"Meanwhile Christianity lags farther and far- 
ther behind the population growth, and for many 
the business of winning men to faith in Jesus 
Christ is no longer a business at all, but a seman- 
tic confusion. Take away God, heaven, and the 
human soul, and you are not left with much in- 
centive for evangelism. 

" 'The church is looking for better methods,' 
wrote McKendree Bounds; 'God is looking for 
better men.' Christ told his followers they were 
to be 'salt' in the earth, but he said nothing about 
becoming a pressure group in the social order. 
Only when the church has lost its evangelistic 
vision and love for individual men does the super- 
natural become 'obsolescent,' the Bible 'mytho- 
logical,' its vocabulary 'archaic,' and Jesus more 
'big-brother' than God incarnate. 

"We believe that if we in the church will but 
rededicate ourselves to the apostolic task of fish- 
ing for men, we can hurl the lie in the teeth of 
the disparaging critics, within and without. We 
can also find a rationale and an opportunity for 
spirit-filled ecumenicity. We don't have to wait — 
a start can be made today! 

"The church is a molder, not a manipulator, 
of men. It was designed by God to bring us into 
his Kingdom through repentance, faith, trust, 
rebirth and commitment. Put a man into touch 
with reality; ground him in the love of Christ 
Jesus ; help him find a church where he can pray, 
worship, testify, and saturate himself in the 
authority of the Word; then send him out into 
the world ablaze for God. This is the way to Chris- 
tian renewal. Such a man could start the church 
singing again." 



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Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



LOOK UP AND SING! 

The thankful heart looks up and sings 

To God who giveth all, 
Who in His kindness answers prayer 

Before His children call. 

And circling on the pathless way 

Where never bird has flown, 
That song receives an audience 

'Before the Father's throne. 

Far sweeter is the s.ound to Him 

Than ever singing lark. 
To know His child can trust enough 

To thank Him in the dark. 

And from His bounty He supplies 

A joy like soaring wings, 
Until the grateful heart with praise 

Looks up and sings . . . and SINGS! 

— Ruth Gibbs Zwall 

THERE IS A FORMULA for victory that works in 
any trial (Ps. 34:6). One is to pray and to keep 
on praying for the answer to his need (Matt. 7:7, 8i. 
He is to confess and forsake every known sin in his 
life (II Chron. 7:14). He is to read God's Word in 
order to know and to do His will (Ps. 119:34). He is 
to commit everything to God's will (Prov. 3:5, 6). 
When all else fails he is to praise the Lord anyway 
(Ps. 57:7). David praised the Lord when it was easy 
and when it was difficult (Ps. 44:8; 71:8, 24; 145:2). 



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In fact, David praised the Lord "seven times a day" 
(Ps. 119:164). David was sincere because he praised 
the Lord "at midnight" (v. 148) and upon his bed 
(63:56; 149:5). 

Praise will "magnify" God, bring joy and pleasure 
to Him, and it will draw others to Him (Ps. 69:30, 
31, 32) . Daily praise makes every day a "wonderful 
day" (Ps. 118:24). 
This is the day, from dawn to restful night, 
Filled with commissions unrevealed as yet; 
Not yesterdays of false hopes and regret, 
Or dread tomorrows unexplored, that blight 
The beauty of today. A singing voice 
From ancient days is bidding us rejoice 
With eyes alert, with spirit unafraid. 
Believing, THIS is the day the Lord hath made. 

— Belle Chapman Morrill 
The Bible prescribes a posture best suited for prais- 
ing the Lord (I Chron. 23:30). We exalt Him more 
when we "stand up and bless the Lord" (Neh. 9:5). 
Praise to our God is called the "fruit of the lips" 
(Heb. 13:13), the "voice of praise" (Ps. 66:8), the 
"voice of triumph" (47:1), the "voice of melody" (Isa. 
51:3), the "voice of a psalm" (Ps. 98:5), the "gar- 
ment of praise" (Isa. 61:3), the "sacrifice of praise" 
(Heb. 13:15), the "sacrifice of joy" (Ps. 27:6) the 
"calves (sacrificed) of the lips" (Hosea 14:2). 

The heavenly host engage in praise (Isa. 6:3; Lu. 
2:13; Rev. 4:9-11; 5:12). When the blind man of 
Jericho was miraculously given his sight the "mul- 
titude gave praise unto God" (Lu. 18:43). "The whole 
multitude of the disciples" rejoiced and praised God 
"with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had 
seen" performed by Christ (Lu. 19:37, 38). After 
Christ's ascension from Bethany the apostles "re- 
turned to Jerusalem with great joy: and were con- 
tinually in the temple praising and blessing God" 
(Lu. 24:52, 53). At night in the Philippian jail Paul 
and Silas looked up and sang (Acts 16:25). The first 
converts in the Christian church age gave them- 
selves to praise (Acts 2:4). 



Memorials 



STIFFLER. Mrs. May Stiffler 
passed away on November 14, 1964, 
at the age of 83. She was a faithful 
member of the Third Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Funeral sei'- 
vices were conducted by the under- 
signed and interment was in the 
Wesley Chapel Cemetery. 

Rev. Jerald D. Radcliff 

HARPSTER. Mrs. Sarah Harpster 
passed away on January 9, 1965, at 
the age of 79. She was a member of 
the Third Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by the undersigned and in- 
terment was in the Benshoff Hill 
Cemetery. 

Rev. Jerald D. Radcliff 



WEAVER. W. C. Weaver, 75, 
passed away on August 21, 1964. He 
was a member of the Third Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Funeral 
services were conducted by the un- 
dersigned and interment was in the 
Benshoff Hill Cemetery. 

Rev. Jerald D. Radcliff 

BRACKEN. Mrs. Pauline Bracken 
passed away on October 7, 1964, at 
the age of 49. She was a member of 
the Third Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by the undersigned and inter- 
ment was in the Benshoff Hill Ceme- 
tery. 

Rev. Jerald D. Radcliff 

KELS. Emory J. Kels passed away 
on November 7, 1964, at the age of 
64. He was a member of the Third 



Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Fu- 
neral services were conducted by the 
undersigned and interment was in 
St. John's Cemetery. 

Rev. Jerald D. Radcliff 

METCALF. Welcome Metcalf, 59, 
faithful and beloved member of the 
Teegarden First Brethren Church, 
passed away January 14, 1965. He is 
survived by his wife, Hazel, two 
brothers and three sisters. Funeral 
services were held in the church 
with his pastor, the undersigned, in 
charge. 

Rev. Claude Stogsdill 



The man of one book is always 
formidable; but when that book 
is the Bible, he is irresistible. 

— W. M. Taylor 



SI March 13, 1965 



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Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "FULFILLING THE TIME" 
Theme for March — "BY HIS SPIRIT DWELLING IN YOU" 



Writer for March — Dr. Harold Bamett 
March 21-27 — "Spiritual Investments" 



Sunday, March 21, 1965 

Read Scripture: Matt. 6:20 

My personal motto is: 
"Only one life, 
'Twill soon be past; 
Only what's done 
For Christ will last." 

What we do for Christ, being 
led by the Spirit, is treasure in 
heaven. If we give or do something 
for the glory of and in the name 
of God there will be an heavenly 
reward. If we seek no personal 
gain or glory from our acts; if we 
are motivated by love of God; and 
if we do these things BECAUSE 
we are saved and not in order to 
GET saved, then we are assured 
of "treasures in heaven." 

Spiritual investments with our 
time, talents and possessions re- 
turn eternal dividends. Nothing in 
this world can corrupt, destroy or 
steal spiritual treasure. There will 
be a difference of rewards in heav- 
en among the redeemed. Would it 
not be tragic on that day to have 
to admit that with us it is, "noth- 
ing but leaves for the Master"? 
Instead of having fruit we offer 
Him nothing but leaves! 

The Day's Thought 

Let us work with "eternity's val- 
ues in view." 

Monday, March 22, 1965 
Read Scripture: Matt. 19:21 

The young man described in 
Matthew 19 had a definite lack in 
his life and he asked Jesus to ex- 
plain the need. Jesus knew that 
the man was putting his "great 
possessions" before God. Anyone 
who has great possessions of the 
world but does not have God first 
in his life knows of this "lack" in 
his soul. He cannot be truly happy. 
Movie stars, athletes, millionaires 
and other famous people have been 
very miserable and some have even 
taken their lives because of this 
'lack." 



The only remedy is to put Jesus 
flrs't, absolutely and completely! 
"Not my will but thine be done 
in all things" must be our prayer- 
ful attitude. We cannot love pos- 
sessions, family or self more than 
God and expect to be blessed. We 
cannot lavish our time, talents and 
possessions on ourselves and our 
loved ones and expect God to say, 
"Well done, good and faithful ser- 
vant." What about the work of 
the church . in missions, benevo- 
lences and education? We can't be 
selfish with what we have and 
throw God a "tip" once in a while 
and expect to make it through. 
Let's be serious about this! 

The Day's Thought 

I will let God be FIRST in my 
life in all things. 

Tuesday, March 23, 1965 

Read Scripture: I Tim. 6:19 

The Bible teaches that the "wood, 
hay and stubble" of selfish build- 
ing blocks in our lives will be 
burned up on the day of the Lord. 
Only the "precious stones" of deeds 
performed for the glory of God 
in our lives will survive that fiery 
judgment. If judgment begins with 
the House of God, "what shall the 
end be of them that obey not the 
gospel of God?" We shall be saved, 
so as by Are. The basic question in 
life is not WHAT we do but WHY 
we do what we do. What is our mo- 
tive behind each act? Why do we 
go to church, why do we pray, 
read our Bible and give money in- 
to the church? 

Is it because we think we have 
to, or is it a habit, or are we afraid 
of what people will think if we 
don't? Why are you a Christian? 
What does the Christian life 
REALLY mean to you? May we all 
be seeking to "lay hold on eternal 
life." 



The Day's Thought 

My life will be built upon the 
only sure foundation: Jesus Christ! 

Wednesday, March 24, 1965 

Read Scripture: Prov. 23:23 

The Scripture text mentions 
truth, wisdom, instruction and un- 
derstanding, which we should 
"buy." Our lives are being invested 
in the things of God or the things 
of Satan. The Devil will "sell us 
out," but with God we may be sure 
that "He is able to keep that which 
I have committed unto Him against 
that day." The four items men- 
tioned all come from and are cen- 
tered in God. It is foolish to at- 
tempt to "buy" any of these com- 
modities from the world or godless 
people. Only those who have the 
"fulness .of the Spirit" are able 
to help us in these areas. All teach- 
ing or education divorced from God 
is utter folly. It is a blasphemous 
and cursed thing for the church of 
Jesus Christ to suggest that any of 
these items can come any other 
way except from God through men 
who are filled with the Holy Spirit! 
If we or the Church must in- 
vest in truth, wisdom, instruction 
and understanding in any way, let 
us be sure that we are investing in 
God-centered and Spirit-filled pro- 
grams, nothing less will do. 
The Day's Thought 
Jesus is the truth, the way, the 
life and the resurrection for me. 

Thursday, March 35, 1965 

Read Scripture: Hebrews 11:26 

Moses was wilhng to put God 
first, even though it meant losing 
a life of ease and luxury in Egypt. 
However, he gained heaven! Is it 
any sacrifice to lose what we can 
never keep in order to gain what 
we can never lose? 

If we are going to really come 
all out for God and attempt total 
investment in spiritual things we'll 
be able to go along with this poem : 
"You have no enemies you say? 
Alas! my friend, the boast is poor — 
He who has mingled in the fray 
Of duty, that the brave endure. 
Must have made foes! If you have 

none, 
Small is the v/ork that you have 

done; 
You've hit no traitor on the hip; 
You've dashed no cup from per- 
jured lip; 
You've never turned the wrong to 
right — 



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You've been a coward in the fight!" 

Maclcay 

The Day's Thought 

Let us rejoice when we can suffer 
reproach for the Cross of Christ. 

Friday, March 26, 1965 

Read Scripture: Titus 3:8 

Since we are born-again, Spirit- 
filled believers, then our faith must 
issue forth in good works. "By this 
shall all men know that ye are 
my disciples if you do whatsoever 
I have commanded you." That's a 
big statement! We are not to judge 
people, tout there are a lot of fruit 
inspectors around. "They're not 
listening to your talk, they're look- 
ing at your walk; they're judging 
by your actions everyday. What you 
are speaks so loudly that the world 
can't hear what you say!" 



God can keep us by the power 
of the Holy Spirit if we continually 
let Him. "Quench not the Spirit!" 
Only through His power can we 
maintain good works. We have 
great spiritual investments which 
are eternal. Nothing must endanger 
these! What would it profit any 
of us if we gained the whole world 
and yet lost our soul? 

The Day's Thought 

A life of good works must back up 
our profession of faith in Christ. 

Saturday, March 27, 1965 
Read Scripture: Rev. 3:18 

The church at Laodicea thought 
herself so rich and in need of noth- 
ing. Yet she was lukewarm and 
poor, blind and naked. The former 
was man's appraisal and the latter 
was God's. How modern it sounds! 
The big churches of today are so 



often rich materially with great 
building investments, etc. They are 
so proud of their position in the 
community. They talk so much 
about the political power the 
Church ought to have today. But 
they are too often thinking on the 
carnal, fleshly, business world of 
today's level of operation. 

Yet God's appraisal of the situa- 
tion may be vastly different. God 
never told us to get big and rich 
as a Church. He wants holiness in 
His people. He wants them to have 
spiritual riches. There are too many 
self-righteous church members who 
think they are all right in their 
own sight. God wants to really help 
them if they will let Him! 
The Day's Thought 

The Spirit will show us God's 
appraisal of us through the Bible 
if we truly want to know. 




CHILDREN'S 



DAILY DEVOTIONS - - 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



zl 



lllMi' Ki'.ulin^s li'om St. Luke 
Memory Scripture tor the month — Luke 19:10 

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that 
which ivas lost. 

March 21 - 27 



SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 9:1-6 

Telling Others 

"We're going now," Mom told Gary and Linda. 
"We'll try to be back before Betsy wakens. If we're 
not, I know you can keep her happy until we get here." 

"They remind me of the disciples," said Gary as the 
children watched their parents drive away. 

"Why?" wondered Linda. 

"Jesus sent them out by twos to tell others of Him," 
replied Gary. "That's what Mom and Dad -are doing 
this afternoon." 

"I hope the people they talk with will come to 
church tonight," said Linda, "so they can learn more 
atoout Him." 

"You know," said Gary, "we should be working 
harder to tell our friends about Jesus." 

"Yes," agreed Linda. "Let's make a list of the ones 
with whom we should talk. Then tomorrow after 
school we can go to some of them." 



Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I know Jesus wants to be my 
Savior. Help me to share this glad news with others, 
May I tell someone today about You. In Jesus' name 
I pray. lAmen. 

MONDAY, 3IARCH 22, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 9:11-17 
Dinner Time 

When Linda came home from school Betsy was in 
the playroom. She had the toy dishes on the table, 
Her doll was sitting on one of the chairs at the table. 

"Dinner time. Linda eat dinner," she said taking 
her sister by the hand. 

"Oh, yes," answered Linda. "I'll eat dinner with 
you." 

Linda sat on one of the small chairs. Betsy sat on 
another one. 

"Bread. 'Tatoes. Meat," she said passing empty 
dishes to Linda. 

Linda pretended to take something from each dish, 
Betsy remembered to feed her doll. 

Soon Linda said, "That was a good dinner, Betsy." 

Betsy laughed happily. 

Do you know how much food was left on Betsy's 
table? None, of course, because she didn't have any 
food to start with. 

One day Jesus knew the people were hungry. It 
was dinner time. He didn't have any food. Some- 
one gave Him five loaves and two fish. He thanked 
God for the food. He used it to feed over five thousand 
people. Then there were twelve baskets of food left. 
Only God's Son could have food left over when there 
was none to start with! 

Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for my food. May I always be 
willing to share what I have to help You feed others. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



March 13, 1965 



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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 9:23-26 

The Important Thing 

"Some of the boys were wondering," said Gary, 
"why Uncle Jim went to Nigeria. They said he would 
make a lot more money here." 

"Yes, he would," agreed Dad. "As a doctor here he 
and Aunt Doris would have much more than they will 
as missionaries in Nigeria. But you know why he went." 

■'Because he knew that's what G-od wanted him 
to do," replied Gary. 

Dad nodded. "Having money and things doesn't 
'make a person happy. It's loving God and serving 
Him that tarings true happiness." 

"I guess that's what the Bible means when it asks 
what good it is to gain the whole world and lose 
yourself," added Gary. 

"Right!" said Dad. "All the money in the whole 
world iwould mean nothing if we didn't know we had 
eternal life with Jesus." 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You that I know I will toe with You 
in heaven if I follow Jesus. Help me to always re- 
memtaer that money and things of this world are 
not really important. The important thing is to serve 
you as I should. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 9:28-36 

Changed 

"Look at Betsy," said Linda as she torought her little 
sister to the kitchen door. 

"Betsy fall down. Fall down in mud," said Betsy. 

"Oh my," said Mommy, "you are a mess." 

"I'll clean her up while you finish supper," offered 
Linda. 

'That 'Will tae a big help," said Mommy. "She will 
need a bath and then put her pajamas on her." 

'Betsy dirty. All dirty," said the little one as she 
went upstairs with Linda. 

lA short time later a sparkling clean Betsy came 
back to the kitchen. 

'Linda help Betsy. Bath. Pajamas," she said. 

'You look lots better," laughed Mommy. "Call Dad- 
dy and Gary. Supper is ready." 

Three of Jesus' friends saw Him changed. Not from 
muddy clothes as Betsy did. Jesus kept Himself neat 
and clean as His followers should. The change in 
Jesus showed them what His heavenly glory was like. 
It also showed them the glory that would be theirs 
if they followed Him. 
Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, I know I will not shine with a heavenly 
glory until I'm with You in heaven. But help me to 
talk and act so my family and friends will know I'm 
following You. May everyone see in me the change 
that obeying You brings. Amen. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 

Neighbors 

"Here's a letter that came from Aunt Doris today," 
said Mom. "I'll read it to you. You will enjoy the 
things she tells about our neighbors." 

"Our neighbors!" exclaimed Linda. "How can Aunt 



Doris know about our neighbors when she's in Af- 
rica?" 

Mom smiled. "Listen and you will see." 

Mom read the letter. It told how the Nigerians 
dressed. It told about the compounds where they lived. 
It told of the food they ate and the games they played. 

When she finished reading Linda said, "That letter 
didn't tell 'about our neighbors. It told about the 
Nigerians." 

"I know what Mom means," laughed Gary. "Jesus 
taught that anyone we can help should be treated 
as our neighbor. We can help the Nigerians to learn 
of Jesus. They are our neighbors." 

Have you thought about ways you can help others? 
Who are your neighbors? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the many ways You have 
blessed me. Show me ways I can help others. Help 
me to remember all people are my neighbors. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 11:9-13 

Ask Your Father 

"Dad," said Gary, "my bike tire is flat. I've tried to 
pump it up, but it won't stay. Will you help me, 
please?" 

"Of course," answered Dad. And he walked to the 
garage with Gary. 

Dad turned the wheel slowly to look at the tire. 
"Here's the trouble," he said. "This large nail." 

''Can we fix it?" wondered Gary. 

"I'm afraid not," replied Dad. 

Gary was disappointed. "I was planning to go bike 
riding with Steve." 

"Hop in the oar," said Dad. "We'll see if we can 
get a new tire." 

Our parents want to help us. If we ask them they 
will give us the things we should have. They will ex- 
plain why we can't have other things. 

Jesus said God is our heavenly Father. He will hear 
our prayers and answer them in the way that is best 
for us just as a good father does. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for hearing my prayers. Help me 
to remember Your answer is always best. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 1965 

Read Scripture: Luke 12:6-10 
I Know Him 

The children were playing "Who Am I?" 

Gary said, "I'm a man. I carry a black satchel. I 
have an office downtown. Who am I?" 

"The mayor?" asked Linda. 

"No," answered Gary. 

"Dr. Green?" asked Judy. 

"Right!" laughed Gary. "Now it's your turn." 

"I'm a woman," said Judy. "I usually have a book 
or paper when you see me. You see me often in a 
building near here." 

"The librarian?" asked Linda. 

"No," answered Judy. 

"Our school teacher Miss Everett?" asked Steve. 

"Yes," said Judy. "Now you tell us one." 

"I have a good one," Steve said. 



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"I'm. a man, but I'm more than man. I lived on 
earth a long time ago. I'm still living. I'm near you, 
but you've never seen me." 

The children looked puzzled. Then a smile bright- 
ened Gary's face. "I know!" he exclaimed. "It's Jesus! 
I know Him. He's my Savior!" 

Jesus said we should let others know we follow 
Him. We should tell them about Him if we want Him 
to tell God about us. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, for coming to be my Savior. Help 
me to tell others about You. Amen. 



The 
CHURCH 

and 

KINGDOM 

AFFAIRS 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 



XXI 



WHAT THEN was the arrangement of blessing the 
Gentile nations while Israel is set aside? It 
was through the ministry of His Church. 

After the rejection of Jesus as King, He left the 
Jewish environment and went into Gentile territory — 
to the city of Caesarea Philippi. Caesarea Philippi was 
situated near the site of the old northern Israelite 
city of Dan, and Dan was near to Banias or Paneas at 
the source of one of the branches of the Jordan River. 
This right branch of the Jordan flows from the foot 
of a cliff where the ancient Greeks worshipped their 
god, Pan. They had hewn niches in the face of the 
cliff to house the figures representing their deity. 

Jesus doubtless led His disciples to the foot of the 
cliff — the rock of pagan worship. He stood with them 
among the chips of stone that had fallen from the 
stone hewer's chisel. There He stood with His disciples 
on Gentile ground. 

Can we picture Jesus pointing to Peter, and say- 
ing, thou art PETROS? Simon you are a chip off the 
PETRA — the foundation or mother cliff. Then when 
He said "Upon this PETRA I will build my church," 
He would not have pointed to the cliff of pagan wor- 
ship but to His own bosom from which the atoning 
blood would flow. 

Here was a new departure for the disciples. No 
longer Israel — now it is the church, the called out 
ones, and "from that time" Matthew tells us, "began 
Jesus to show unto His disciples that He must go un- 
to Jerusalem . . . and be killed, and the third day 
be raised up." For over two years the Master labored 



to instruct the little band to take on the business o 
His Kingdom through the institution of the church 

How fickle and untrustworthy is man. The littL 
group of twelve, with the one hundred and twent; 
or the five hundred that saw Jesus at once betweei 
His resurrection and ascension, started out well. Th' 
church came into being at Pentecost. It grew wit! 
rapid strides. It reached out over the world. But wha 
of the faithfulness to the teachings of Jesus am 
fidelity to the way of life? The picture of church his 
tory is not pretty. Jesus knew what Christendon 
would do. His parables in Matthew 13 prophesy th 
facts. Therein the development of the affairs of th 
kingdom in the hands of men, and the final outcom 
are made plain. 

It is apropos to an understanding of Matthew Ic 
to consider first the relation of the Kingdom of Goc 
the Kingdom of Heaven, and the church. They are no 
the same. The Kingdom of God is distinctly a spir 
itual and heavenly rule. According to Romans 14:1' 
18 — A.S.V., For the kingdom of God is . . . righteous 
ness and -peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For h 
that herein serveth Christ is well-pleasing to Goc 
and approved of men. The Kingdom of God is th 
sovereignty of God at work. This is what Jesus tol 
the Pharisees in Matt. 12:28; Luke 11:20. For th 
believer, it is that to which Paul pointed when h 
said to Timothy (II Tim. 4:18 — A.S.V.), The Lor 
will deliver me from every evil work, and will sav 
me unto his heavenly kingdom. To the believer i 
points into the future. To the Ephesians, Paul wrot 
of "an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ an 
God," something in which they would have a futur 
part. 

The Kingdom of Heaven, the expression used solel 
by Matthew in the Bible, is an earthly kingdom. I 
is the re-establishing of the kingdom of David whia 
was set aside by the curse on the house of Conia! 
(Jer. 22:24-30). The Prince in the house of Davie 
Jesus the incarnate from heaven, came to set up th 
throne again and establish the Kingdom of Heaver 
That is why Jesus said to Pilate (John 18:38), "M 
Kingdom is not of this world," this KOSMOS, that i; 
this present order. It couldn't be since Israel had re 
Jected it and it was postponed. Therefore he sale 
"But NOW is my Kingdom not from hence." Th 
Kingdom of Heaven is future now, for Israel rejectei 
her Prince, the nation was set aside and their pro 
phetic history stopped until the Prince should carr 
out the business of building His Church. But th 
time will come, because the time decreed upon Is 
rael as set forth in Daniel 7:13, 14 — A.S.V., Beholc 
there came with the clouds of heaven one like unt 
a son of man . . .And there was given unto him di 
minion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peo 
pies, nations, and languages should serve him. 

Jesus told of it in Matt. 24:30— A.S.V., They sha't 
see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heave'i 
ivith power and great glory. And in Matt. 25:31, 32b- 
A.S.V., But lohen the Son of man shall come in hi 
glory, and all the angels loith him, then shall he si 
on the throne of his glory: and before him shall b 
gathered all the nations. Then will God's word t 
Zechariah be fulfilled. And I ivill pour upon the hous 
of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem., th 
spirit of grace and of supplication; and they sha'i 



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,1 look upon me whom they have pierced; and they 

.\^ shall mourn for him (12:10 — ^A.S.V.). 

]i John saw it on Patmos (Rev. 1:7) adding, "every 
eye shall see him." Then will the Prince be owned of 
Israel. Then will He be crowned King, then will He 
set up His Kingdom of Heaven. 

Now what of the church. The church is not the 
Kingdom but is in the midst of the Kingdom of Heav- 
en affairs in the hands of men, or Christendom. 
Christendom includes everything that calls itself 
Christian from Pentecost to the coming of the Lord. 
The church is the body of Christ— the believers born 
again in the regenerative process. It is an organism 
"builded together for a habitation of God in the 
Spirit," for Jesus said, "I will build my church." He 
has been building it since Pentecost. 

Now return to Matthew 13, and hear Jesus' pro- 
phetic revelation of the Kingdom affairs as handled 
by men. The Lord answered the disciples' question, 
"Why speaketh thou unto THEM in parables?" That 
is, to them the multitude (13:10, 11). The answer, 
"Unto you it is given to Icnow the mysteries of the 
Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given." 
After Jesus expressly saying, "It is given to you to 
know," it is amazing how many have failed to know 
and understand those mysteries. Herein lies the er- 
ror of so much wrong interpretation of Scripture and 
false teaching about the Kingdom. 

Jesus explained the parable about the soioer, and 
the tares in the field, after He had told of the many 
prophets and righteous men having desired to see 
and hear what He was about to explain. In short, 
many would hear the word of the Kingdom broadcast 
by the sower, but only a few would bear fruit (13: 
18-23) . Of the tares sown in the field by the enemy, 
they are to remain and grow until the harvest. Then 
said Jesus, "in the time of the harvest, I will say to 
the reapers separate and burn the tares." Who is the 
sower of good seed? Jesus revealed it. He that soiveth 
the good seed is the Son of man; and the field is the 
world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the 

I kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 

\ and the enemy that solved them is the devil; the 
harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are 
the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and 

• burned in fire; so shall it be in the end of the ivorld. 
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they 
shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause 
stumbling, and them that do iniquity, and shall cast 
them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping 
and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 13:37-42 — A.S.V.) . Does 
this sound like the world will get better and better 
until all are righteous and heaven will toe on earth? 
Be careful of error here. Jesus was not speaking of 
the church as containing the evil and good. Hear His 
word at the beginning of the parable, "The Kingdom 
of Heaven is likened (Greek — has become) like . . ." 
The Kingdom of Heaven with the King on the throne 



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will be a perfect reign, but the Kingdom of Heaven 
left in the hands of men toecomes a sorry sight. Look- 
ing at Christendom all through the centuries, with all 
degrees of good and evil, the evidence is plain. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH SUFFERING? 

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for 
you (I Peter 5:7). 

SUFFERING might be called a result of the dis- 
turbance of God's plan for the world. When we 
see the innocent suffer for the evils others have done, 
we realize that evil is evil for the very reason that it 
causes innocent people to suffer. It is evident that 
man, not God, is to blame. 

Can man, then, shut himself away from suffering; 
shut himself away from others; and be spared suf- 
fering? Neither deliverance from suffering, nor re- 
treat from it, is the answer to the problem of suffer- 
ing. God did not deliver Christ from suffering, but de- 
livered Him in suffering. Deliverance from suffering 
may make us unsympathetic; unfeeling for others in 
their distresses; indifferent as to any palliative service 
we may render. 

We must learn to take our share of suffering and 
turn it to a good use. Have we lost a loved one by 
sickness, accident or old age? We can minister to 
others who are passing through similar wrenching 
separations. And in rendering such ministries we lose 
sight of some of our own sorrow and loss. We be- 
come aware of the fact that our personal suffering 
and sorrow are no more acute and painful than that 
of others — and perhaps often not as much so. I have 
had my body operated upon twice, and yet in my num- 
erous visits to hospitals in various cities, I have be- 
come aware of the fact that I was graciously spared 
intense or excruciating pain. I have had less pity 
and sorrow for my own suffering and more of the 
same to bestow upon others. 

Perhaps not one can tell us how to use our pain, 
our suffering, our trials. Each must determine that 
for himself, but we do not need to do it by ourselves. 
When we can no longer face life alone, then we will 
find God waiting to share our burdens. He had bid- 
den us "cast all our care upon Him, for He careth 
for us." And that same assurance is the heritage of 
every trusting, believing child of God. 

"Cast all your care upon Him, for He careth for 
thee." 



1964-65 Theme 



"FULFILLING THE TIME" 



Ephesians 5:15-20 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Searching the Psalms 

THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM 

by CLARENCE KINDLEY 




nnHE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM is one of the most 
1 popular of the Psalms. Perhaps it's popularity 
is due to the fact that people recognize, though some- 
times unconsciously, a need in their lives that the 
Psalm fulfills. In the hustle and bustle of this life, the 
pastoral scene depicts a quietness and peace the soul 
longs for, but very seldom experiences. 

When we can fit ourselves into the role of the wan- 
dering sheep and recognize full dependency upon 
the Shepherd, we have come a. long way in fulfilling 
this yearning of the soul. 

It is only as we can see God as our own personal 
Shepherd, not just a shepherd, but as the psalmist 
says "my Shepherd" do we really know Him as the 
sheep linew their shepherd; one who could and did 
supply their every need so they no longer needed io 
fret and worry. 

"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures" — 
if we only would take time off from the rush of things 
to relax and meditate about God, just to be alone 
with Him and listen to the still small voice. It is so 
easy not to have time to do this. With our crowded 
schedules and the demands of this life, we miss the 
blessing of being led by the Shepherd; not driven 
or forced, but led by one who knows the way. We do 
not have the patience to wait upon the Lord. Jesus 
spent much time in prayer and communion with His 
Father in heaven. Can we do less, we who are so finite? 

How often through life we need our souls revived. 
Perhaps nobody realized this more than David. After 
his terrible sin with Bathsheba, we have his recorded 
prayer (Psalm 51) asking God to "create a new heart 
within me." He prayed for a cleansing and renewing 
that would restore the lost nearness to God; a return 
to fellowship and communion with Him. Surely we 
see the answer to this prayer as David writes, "He 
restoreth my soul." So also we, knowing that "all 
have sinned and come short of the glory of God," 
can be revived and restored to a full fellowship with 
Him. 



Even though we are surrounded by problems, lone- 
liness, dark places in life, disappointments, or death 
itself, "I will fear no evil for Thou art with me," is 
the blessed assurance that there is nothing in this 
life we need fear. 

When the enemies of mankind are busy trying to 
cause our downfall, "Thou preparest a table before 
me in the presence of mine enemies;" the Shep- 
herd is leading his sheep and that is sufficient. 

"Thou anointest my head with oil." I am told that 
the shepherd takes each sheep and rubs a healing 
oil on the scratches received from briars and thistles 
while grazing. The Shepherd knows his sheep and 
calls them by name (John 10:3). Somehow it means 
more to be called by name; it is a personal touch 
that warms the heart and makes one feel he belongs. 

David, who was quite elderly when he wrote this 
psalm, had experienced many tragedies, but he knew 
the Shepherd. Although surrounded by the threats of 
war and "the sword that would never depart from 
his household" hanging over him, he could say, "Sure- 
ly goodness and mercy sha